Delegates rate security seminars 99% Good to Excellent
More than 350 delegates who attended six free Building Capacity for Museums Security seminars organised by the Collections Trust and funded by Arts Council England have rated them an average 99% Good to Excellent. They also agreed the seminars had increased their awareness of museum security as a core element of good Collections Management practice.
At the final seminar in the series in Exeter on 13 March (photographs below), David Zinzan, Head of the Crime Prevention Business Area for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said: “The level of interest [in these seminars] has been nothing short of phenomenal. By the end of today, more than 350 people will have taken part. Awareness is far greater, and we have seen that together we can make a positive difference. We can see that positive change so that we can better protect our cultural heritage will be the outcome, and we are better-positioned to make informed decisions thanks to this programme.”
Presented in Arts Council England Major Partner Museums across England, the seminars promoted awareness of good practice in museum security and helped museum staff build their confidence and capacity so that collections remain secure from loss, theft and damage. Expert speakers were drawn from the security and police communities and also from those running museums of all sizes, and they included a number of special Case Studies, many of which are now available as combined PowerPoint/audio presentations on the Collections Link website.
Major source of specialist security information
The Case Studies are just a small part of a wide range of online materials being developed by the Collections Trust as part of this Arts Council England project. The aim is to provide a major new resource to assist museums of all sizes to address security issues and find appropriate advice, contacts and solutions. Existing published museum security guidance and resources are being audited, collated and refreshed to add further depth.
In addition, a Museum Security Toolkit will be launched by end-March 2013. This will prove valuable in assisting museum staff and volunteers to prevent loss and damage to collections as a result of theft, fire, flood, and provide a checklist to prompt them both to assess risk and plan to avoid risks occurring. Visit the Security Resources now.
Insurance for Museums Conference
Meanwhile the Collections Trust’s next event for all those seeking to protect their collections is the Insurance for Museums Conference, which will be presented at the British Library Conference Centre in London on Thursday 25 April. Sponsored by brokers Blackwall Green and specialist insurers Hiscox, the programme features expert speakers who will explain why museums need insurance and the different types available, and includes an Insurance Clinic. Full details and online booking are available at www.collectionslink.org.uk/insuranceconf2013.