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Environmental Visual Assessment (EVA)

An EVA is an observational walk around a museum inside and outside to identify areas of concern from the threats of theft, fire and flood. An EVA encompasses the perimeter, all external areas and the external fabric of the building, including any outbuildings and grounds. The concept is borrowed from Community Policing, where it has been used very successfully to raise and maintain security awareness, and reduce crime. It provides a snapshot in time of the physical aspects of the museum grounds and buildings.

This resource will help you with Museum Accreditation requirement 2.8: Expert Assessment of security arrangements. This requirement states that a ‘museum must obtain expert security advice for stored and exhibited collections at least every five years, and earlier if needed. It must plan to act on the advice over time.’

Collections Trust security resources have been updated and expanded with the support of Arts Council England and the Association of Chief Police Officers.

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Date created: 2013

Author: Collections Trust

Publisher: Arts Council England, Collections Trust