The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is coming up on the 13th October. With this in mind, Blue Shield Australia members and members of AICOMOS (ANZCORP) recently led training in an integrated approach to Disaster Risk Management for Heritage (DRM4H). The training program held in July 2022 was developed and led by Dr Ania Kortaba (Flinders University and ANZCORP member) and Catherine Forbes (Convenor of AICOMOS ANZCORP, Blue Shield Australia Committee member and principal architect at GML Heritage). The program was delivered both in person and online and attracted 140 participants, from across Australia, New Zealand and the near Pacific, and from different disciplines including architects, engineers, archaeologists, librarians, and conservators.
The inter-disciplinary and multi-hazard approach to DRM4H sought to consider all aspects of cultural heritage: the landscape, the place, the buildings, and the collections. Each aspect is interdependent in a risk management context.
BS Australia is also preparing a series of workshops to raise awareness of disaster preparedness and response for heritage collections including digitisation and digital collections. These will be held in Adelaide on 13th October 2022. There’s a link to register on their website.
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