Spring 2017 Newsletter
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Rapid Response Network Newsletter

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We hope this finds you well and that you are all ready for Spring. If you or a colleague would like to be more involved with the RRN and develop new skills, please get in touch!

Please do write to us at to submit case studies and information about how you manage your emergency planning; all of this is useful for other members. The RRN kit and training is there for members to prepare for emergencies and hopefully minimise damage to collections. We hope that you won't need to use the kits, but if you do you can find all of the member information on our website Please keep us up-to-date with any changes to the contacts for your organisation by emailing:

Thank you for supporting the RRN; we couldn't function without your important memberships. Regards, RRN Committee

RRN News
Committee update
We’d like to welcome as Treasurer Andrew Gill of the Middleton Railway Trust - a longstanding member of the RRN. A warm thanks to our outgoing Treasurer, Suzanne Dalewicz-Kitto, for stepping into the role and for her long service on the committee. We wish her well and look forward to working with Andrew. We’d also like to thank Katherine Coussement for her contribution to the committee, especially for helping to steer the nearly completed website project so smoothly. We wish her luck with her new role at Bradford University Library.
Katherine’s departure means that the management committee will be operating at the minimum allowed by our constitution. If you, or any staff members are keen to join the committee you don’t have to wait until the AGM - up to two additional members can be appointed during the year. Please get in touch to find out more.
Website project
We are in the final leg of developing the new website, which is looking great. The web designer has made good progress with the site build. We are currently in the testing phase of the project and should be ready to go live soon!
Your committee has been thinking about the theme for the RRN AGM. Following feedback from the members we’d like to explore training and testing emergency plans. Jenny Mathiasson will share more of her experience with testing Clifton Park Museum’s plan and what lessons were learned. If you have any tried and tested approaches to training your emergency team or testing plans you’d like to share at our AGM then please do get in touch on
Meet the Member
Jenny Mathiasson, Conservator at Clifton Conservation Service, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council shares her experience of testing her service’s emergency plan.
Last summer I sat down with my then new colleagues at Clifton Park Museum and ran through a table top emergency exercise with them. Together with our Visitor Experience Officer we'd devised an emergency scenario that we kept secret until everyone entered the room: a fire in the museum. Everyone had their copies of the emergency plan with them and we gradually revealed more information to our co-workers on flash cards, keeping them on their toes and throwing realistic obstacles at them.
Being new to the organisation at the time meant I could ask all the questions an outsider would: having an external person there for an exercise like this can seem intimidating but is absolutely vital because they don't know the ins and outs of your museum.
It was a great experience and we learnt a lot about what works and what needs tweaking. Get in touch if you'd like to know more about doing a table top exercise in your organisation!
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