Autumn RRN Newsletter 2016
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Rapid Response Network Newsletter

Please share this email with colleagues in your organisation, it contains useful links for the RRN and will help to make more people aware of the important resources provided by the network.
We hope this finds you well and that you have had a lovely summer, free from any of the recent extreme weather-related incidents. 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

Website News

We are excited to announce that the much anticipated website launch is imminent! Planning is underway and the proposed launch date is November/December 2016.  Discussions are also underway with the web designer on how to facilitate communications for members in emergencies. More to come…

Training Announcements

Disaster Planning and salvaging natural history specimens at the Natural History Museum on the 13th October.

This one-day course has two parts. Part one focuses on strategic steps to manage the risks and effects a disaster might have on a collection. Part two demonstrates the key practical conservation skills and techniques required to salvage a collection should disaster occur. The course will be led by the NHM conservation team and delegates will get printed course materials which will be used on the day and can be taken away for future reference.
Costs £395, for more information please visit

Closer to home, the Fed is undertaking a joint training day on emergency planning with the RRN on October 21st, hosted by Leeds Museums and Galleries. The Fed is offering three free training places to RRN members on a first- come- first- served basis. More information will be emailed to members soon. 

RRN AGM and emergency planning training

The membership met for the AGM at Leeds University Library’s new Treasures Gallery on 16th June.  Sharon Connell and Suzanne Dalewicz-Kitto were re-elected as Chair and Treasurer respectively and the existing committee was also re-elected. After the formal meeting, Gary Kendrew of the West Yorkshire Fire Service and Ian Panter, Head of Conservation at York Archaeological Trust gave engaging presentations on emergency planning for Heritage organisations and the Boxing Day floods of 2015. As ever, there were lessons to be learned from making sure planning is in place for catastrophic infrastructure failure to basic practicalities like having ready access to emergency salvage supplies. We would like to send out a huge thanks to the speakers and attendees for their support.

Call for Committee members!

Take up a voluntary leadership role and help us deliver our strategic plan. As a committee member you will have the opportunity to influence regional emergency resilience from building networks, contributing web content and developing training ideas – you do not need to be a conservator! Apart from the website redevelopment, we want to focus right now on how we get training out to all the membership. The committee meets around three times a year. If you are interested or want to find out more please contact:

Are you testing your emergency plan?

If so, RRN would like to hear from you! We would like to share experience of testing emergency procedues using this newsletter with our members. If you undertake training in house with your staff let us know how you ran it, how it worked and whether it made you rethink any of your procedures as a result. If you would like to share your training case studies in the RRN newsletter please email


The RRN is about working co-operatively and sharing experience for the benefit of all members.  Don’t wait to be invited! Please send your submissions for future newsletters to:

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