Information and help for flood affected museums and heritage collections


Resources

Salvaging water damaged items – information and resources listed on the website of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials:
http://www.aiccm.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1168&Itemid=74

Be Prepared: Guidelines for small museums for writing a disaster preparedness plan provides information on how to recover collection items without causing further damage. It is a free online publication with step by step information, especially in the Disaster Recovery section:
http://www.collectionsaustralia.net/sector_info_item/2

Victorian Government website offers flood information, financial assistance & factsheets:
http://www.vic.gov.au/emergencies-safety/emergency-services/emergency-information/victorian-floods-january-2011.html

Collections Australia Network have added an extensive list of disaster recovery resources to their blog: http://keystone.collectionsaustralia.net/publisher/Outreach/?p=6150

Grants & Funding Opportunities

  • Arts Victoria Disaster Response Protocol
    Community museums and public art galleries can access this fund to obtain quick assistance grants with up to $5,000 towards disaster recovery expenses.Museums Australia (Victoria) can apply to Arts Victoria, on behalf of flood affected museums, contact our staff to discuss your needs 03 8341 7344 or Regional Freecall 1800 680 082
  • Victorian Flood Damage Grants, Rural Finance Corporation
    Up to $25,000 in clean up and restoration grants are available for eligible organisations including not for profit organisations. Affected people should contact the Rural Finance Corporation on (03) 5448 2600.

Conservation

Speak to a conservator
The following organisations have conservation staff that can provide flood affected museums with some information over the phone:

  • University of Melbourne Conservation Service: 03 9348 5748
  • State Library of Victoria: 03 8664 7359 (Melbourne) or 1800 999 735 (outside Melbourne)

Hire a Conservator
The AICCM website provides a list of conservators in private practice
http://www.aiccm.org.au/index.php?option=com_civicrm&view=Profiles&layout=search&Itemid=88

How to Help

Do you have experience in collection care, collection management, disaster recovery or conservation? We welcome offers of support from museum people to directly assist collections who have been adversely affected by the Victorian floods. Please register your interest at Volunteer Victoria online.

When you register please select “Trades” and include “Museum” in the detail box, along with more specific skills you may have (eg. paper conservation) and which regions of Victoria you are able to cover.  

Volunteer Victoria have advised that volunteer efforts will focus first on cleaning up affected areas, with volunteers based in or close to affected areas chosen where possible.  A call out for specialised skills for built heritage and collections will follow later.  Please note that in some cases your help won’t be called upon, but all offers are greatly appreciated and we will acknowledge assistance via our MA (Vic) networks.