19. October 2019 - 10:30 till 11:30
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Preparing for disasters, looking after your family's memories | ACT Heritage Library | Saturday, 19. October 2019

For adults over 16 years
Expert Conservators from Endangered Heritage will outline the importance of basic disaster planning for your home and personal collection. Protecting your collection and having materials on hand to deal with potential disasters is only part of the plan. Knowing how to handle the situation can minimize damage and the cost of repairs later on.
This talk will cover:• The main risk areas in your home for water, fire, smoke, and insect infestation, and the objects each of these disasters can affect; • The role smoke plays in object damage, especially in adjacent rooms from the fire;• Flood and leak damage from appliances and plumbing and what to do when faced with damaged objects as a result of these situations;• Insect disasters not only do damage to your collection but the whole home, and when mixed with water, can cause insects to damage papers and books;• Identification of the objects most at risk in your collection – photographs, written letters, clothes, quilts, memorabilia, etc. and how to store them properly;• How to prioritise your collection so you know what can’t be replaced once it’s gone, and how urgently these items will need care.
Endangered Heritage has been advising Canberrans on disaster preparedness since the 2003 bushfires. Victoria Pearce has substantial experience in helping people plan for natural disasters and also how to recover lost records and items afterwards. Come and learn how to prepare for and prevent damage to your family papers, photos, possessions and ephemera.
Bookings essential.
 Please note:

Bookings are essential for this program as places are limited. We may be unable to accommodate participants who have not made a booking.
Please contact the library if you wish to amend or cancel your booking. This will enable others to participate in the program. 
Please arrive 10 mins early to allow time to check in; this assists the program to run on schedule.