'The museum must be able to respond effectively to emergency or disaster situations. It must have an emergency plan, relating to all buildings that house collections and services, which includes or refers to:

1.9.1 arrangements for the workforce, visitors and collections
1.9.2 risk assessments of threats
1.9.3 information about how emergency plans are authorised, maintained, communicated, tested and made available to the workforce and emergency services
1.9.4 evidence of how the museum works with the emergency services, and of any other relevant emergency plans
1.9.5 an effective procedure for reviewing the emergency plan.'

(Accreditation standard, October 2011)

How to assess and manage risk in collections care

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.6 Care and Conservation Plan, ‘The museum must have plans to help deliver improvements to collections care and conservation in line with the collections care and conservation policy.’ This publication, developed by Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, SHARE Museums East and the Collections Trust, provides an introduction […]

Business continuity planning for museums and galleries

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Business continuity plans are not an essential requirement for Accreditation, however, the Accreditation Standard requires museums to have a clear and workable emergency plan, which applies to the workforce, to visitors and to collections. This guidance is for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s sponsored bodies, but contains templates, checklists and information which may […]

Building an emergency plan: a guide for museums and other cultural institutions

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The Accreditation Standard requires museums to have a clear and workable emergency plan, which applies to the workforce, to visitors and to collections. This step-by-step guide to developing emergency plans is tailored to meet the specific needs of museums and other cultural institutions. It provides in-depth information to developing a workable plan. Clicking the link on […]

Writing a salvage priority list

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The Accreditation Standard requires museums to have a clear and workable emergency plan, which applies to the workforce, to visitors and to collections. This guidance from the South West Federation of Museums and Galleries provides an eight-step approach to writing a salvage priority list (snatch list) for inclusion as part of a museum’s emergency plan. […]

Ten steps to a museum emergency plan

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The Accreditation Standard requires museums to have a clear and workable emergency plan, which applies to the workforce, to visitors and to collections. This ten-step guide from the South West Federation of Museums and Galleries enables museums to follow a process to either review and refresh an existing emergency plan or to start planning one for […]

Emergency planning e-learning tool

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The Accreditation Standard requires museum to have a clear and workable emergency plan, which applies to the workforce, to visitors and to collections. This resource aims to develop skills, knowledge and understanding through an e-learning course. This resource from the Museum of London enables museums to learn about emergency planning, and address the following issues: […]

Emergency planning toolkit

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The Accreditation Standard requires museums to have a clear and workable emergency plan, which applies to the workforce, to visitors and to collections. This emergency plan template, created by Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, has been designed to be easy to use by simply inserting a museum’s relevant information where prompted. There are lists of […]