Water Impact on Library, Archival and Museum Materials


29 – 31 October 2009


Prague, Czech Republic


This conference is the second part of a four-conference cycle “Preservation and the four elements”, initiated by IFLA-PAC Core activity, focused on cultural heritage preservation and the four elements, Air, Water, Fire and Earth. The first conference on Air was hold at The Bibliothèque nationale de France on March 5-6, 2009. The second one, hold in Prague, is dedicated to the possible dangers due to water hanging over cultural heritage. Earthquakes, floods, winds and fires demonstrated their destructive power recently in Burma or in China just to remind us that disaster planning is not what you are planning for, but rather how we are prepared to overcome its consequences.

Programme The National library of the Czech Republic, the National Archives of the Czech Republic in cooperation with IFLA-PAC are issuing the call for papers for forthcoming conference on water damages to the collective materials from museum, archives and library collection. During the conference following aspects will be discussed:

  • Preparedness for the disaster to come, on the level of an individual institution as well as on the level of central and local administrative and their mutual cooperation.
  • Rehabilitation of damages items – drying cleaning, fumigating, storing.
  • Rehabilitation of the water damages premises; buildings: drying, cleaning fumigating.
  • Learning from the experience: an international cooperation, creation of conservation crises center and quick intervention units on international bases.

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The Conference registration is free of charge.
Contact: Jurek.Stankiewicz@nkp.cz, water2009@nkp.cz

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