The BC Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) is excited to offer more in-person programming in 2023 and to announce the following workshop on Vancouver Island in partnership with the Strathcona and Comox Regional Districts, the Museum at Campbell River and the Maritime Heritage Centre:


Emergency Response and Salvage for Cultural Institutions 

Dates: Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26, 2023

Times: Saturday (Feb 25): 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sunday (Feb 26): 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Maritime Heritage Centre, 621 Island Highway, Campbell River, BC

Target Audience: Culture sector workers, keepers of cultural heritage, museum professionals and volunteers from settler-led or Indigenous organizations who have little to no training in responding to emergencies related to collections and cultural heritage

Enrolment Limit: 24

Cost: $45.00
(If cost is a barrier to attending, please get in touch with us.)


Wildfires, floods, and destructive storms are becoming common events, adding to the known risk of earthquakes in BC. Our best line of defense is emergency preparedness, training and response. The British Columbia Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) is a growing consortium of institutions within the arts and culture sector in British Columbia whose staff feel morally and professionally obliged to safeguard the collections that they hold by adequately planning for emergency situations as well as to support others in the event of localized emergencies.

Join our team of experts for this 2-day hands-on workshop that provides training and guidance on emergency response and collections salvage (mixed and archival materials) and is targeted at museum/gallery professionals, keepers of cultural heritage, and volunteers from small cultural institutions with little to no training in responding to emergencies.


Workshop goals

  • Building confidence to engage emergency situations
  • Gaining skills in the salvage of museum and archival collections
  • Developing a supportive professional network by connecting with others in the region

Workshop agenda

Both workshop days will include coffee breaks and lunch, and time to get to know the BC HERN team and your fellow workshop participants.

You will learn about the anatomy of an emergency, explained through detailed scenarios to understand roles and responsibilities for your initial response. There will be demonstrations and theoretical presentations on health (physical and mental), safety, and salvage techniques for responders. Both workshop days will feature hands-on exercises to develop a response plan, learn to assess the situation and execute the salvage process. You will leave the workshop equipped with knowledge, practical experience, resources, and the tools to support the creation of your emergency plan and response team in your own institution.

Workshop Facilitators

Instructors from the BC HERN Steering Group

If you have any questions about this workshop or the BC HERN, please email Heidi Swierenga from the BC HERN Steering Group.


Comfort Inn and Suites has offered anyone attending this workshop a set rate of $129.00 plus tax per night. Email to book directly and just mention the BC HERN workshop. 

Please note: Additional dates and locations for the same workshop will be published soon. If your institution or community - alone or in partnership with a neighbouring organization - would like to host a BC HERN workshop, please email Heidi Swierenga, she would love to chat.

Be a leader in your community.

Register today!








We gratefully acknowledge funding support of this workshop series from the Government of Canada.


BC HERN Workshop - Emergency Response & Salvage for Cultural Institutions - Campbell River

  • Saturday Feb 25 2023, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sunday Feb 26 2023, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Maritime Heritage Centre
    621 Island Highway
    Campbell River, British Columbia
    V9W 5C1