Planning for the Unthinkable: Protecting the National Heritage Sector

Aimed at those working in the museums and heritage sector, as well as related interdisciplinary fields, the Victoria and Albert Museum, in partnership with UK Armed Forces and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are hosting a free one-day conference, examining the future of catastrophe planning within our institutions.

To register your interest in attending the event please email the conference coordinator, Laura Jones ( including the following information:
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09:30-17:00, Thursday 29 November

UK Cultural institutions have long faced the challenge of how to best prepare for catastrophic events which might affect their collections and buildings. From fire and flood to natural disasters, and even the threat of direct armed conflict; our strategic approach to protecting our organisations needs to be proactive and dynamic.

The UK Government’s recent ratification of the 1954 ‘Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict’ brings with it a requirement to plan for war. We need to bring our strategies up to date and explore new methodologies for collaboration.

Opened by Michael Ellis MP (Minister for Arts, Tourism and Heritage), this major international conference will trace historic practices of protection during armed conflict; such as the evacuations of collections during the Second World War, as well as looking to contemporary experience of catastrophe; using these experiences to propose future strategies for the protection of heritage in cultural institutions. We will bring together international speakers from renowned institutions from across Europe and the US, to share their perspectives on planning strategy and preparation.

This event is generously sponsored by Wilson James Ltd.