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BC Heritage Emergency Response Network

The BC Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) is a growing network of arts, culture and heritage professionals and volunteers in BC who feel morally and professionally obliged to plan for emergency situations and to support other cultural institutions in the event of localized emergencies that impact collections. The initiative was born from the identified lack of a unified support plan for disaster response and collections salvage in the province in light of the growing risk to collections due to climate change. For more information on BC HERN, check out their website.

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BC Heritage Emergency Response Network

Building effective emergency response for B.C.’s arts and cultures communities

BC HERN Workshop - Emergency Response and Salvage for Cultural Institutions

The BC Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) is excited to offer more in-person programming in 2023 and to announce the following workshop on Vancouver Island in partnership with the Strathcona and Comox Regional Districts, the Museum at Campbell River and the Maritime Heritage Centre: Emergency Response and Salvage for Cultural Institutions  Dates: Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26, 2023 Times: Saturday (Feb 25): 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sunday (Feb 26): 9:00am - 4:00pm Location: Maritime Heritage Centre, 621 Island Highway, Campbell River, BC Target Audience: Culture sector workers, keepers of cultural heritage, museum professionals and volunteers from settler-led or Indigenous organizations who have little to no training in responding to emergencies related to collections and cultural heritage Enrolment Limit: 24 Cost: $45.00 (If cost is a barrier to attending, please get in touch with us.)
Registration:

Space Available

Registration: Tuesday Jan 3, 12:00 PM - Friday Feb 24, 4:00 PM

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Sat Feb 25

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Location:
Maritime Heritage Centre
621 Island Highway
Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
V9W 5C1


Contact:
Heidi Swierenga, BC HERN
Email: heidi.swierenga@ubc.ca

Podcast: A Conversation with BC HERN

In this third episode of our #CALM series, we speak with Tara Fraser (Vancouver Art Gallery) and Heidi Swierenga (Museum of Anthropology at UBC), two members of the BC Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) steering committee.

Podcast: BC HERN's Salvage Trip to Lytton

In this fourth episode of our #CALM series, we speak with Tara Fraser (Vancouver Art Gallery) and Heidi Swierenga (Museum of Anthropology at UBC), two members of the BC Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) steering committee. Tara, Heidi, and volunteers from BC HERN were able to go to Lytton BC in October to assist with the salvage and recovery of items from the Lytton Chinese History Museum and the Lytton Museum & Archives.

Webinar: BC HERN - An Introduction to Emergency Response

Learn about the work that the BC Heritage Emergency Response Network is doing around the province.

Webinar: BC HERN and Emergency Salvage of Art and Archival Collections

Learn how to triage a collection, move, pack, and buy yourself some time in an emergency.

Webinar: BC HERN and Emergency Salvage of Museum Collections

Hear about documenting a collection in crisis and some of the solutions that can be employed.

Media Coverage

Check out the coverage from the BC HERN Workshop in Prince George, Fall 2019