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In this section you will find PDFs of our bi annual newsletter which can be printed out or to download.

Newsletter 55
Guidelines to help with salvaging your collections in the event of a disaster (part 2).

Newsletter 54
Guidelines to help with salvaging your collections in the event of a disaster (part 1).

Newsletter 53
After the earthquakes in Christchurch in Sept 2010 and February 2011 there was a dearth of space for small museums affected by the quakes to store their collection that had been displaced by these disasters. The Air Force museum saved the day by building and caring for these small collections for a period of five years. The Canterbury Recovery Centre is now closed but still helping these small cultural institutions behind the scenes.

Newsletter 52
Second report on a second disaster workshop undertaken by the Australian National Archives on a mock disaster for library staff to look at how storage materials stood up to a fire

Newsletter 51
First report on a disaster workshop undertaken by the Australian National Archives on a mock disaster for library staff

Newsletter 50 (Sept 2014)
Salvage tips for a variety of materials in various types of disasters

Newsletter 48-49 (March 2014)
Emergency planning and crisis management from ERCM.org

Newsletter 47 (March 2013)
Research on Earthquake Preparedness for heritage and cultural institutions

Newsletter 46 (September 2012)
Photographic Activity Testing at the National Archives of Australia

Newsletter 45 (Feburary 2012)
A power point presentation from the 2012 workshop by Vicki Humphries Head of Conservation at the Museum of Australia. Regarding risk prevention and processes that can be used to identify these risks

Newsletter 44 (September 2011)
Ponderings on a Hands on Fire workshop at Woolston Fire Training department in 2010 - from eager participant Rachael Fone Canterbury Museum.

Newsletter 42 and 43 (September 2010 - February 2011)
What causes earthquakes and the importance of a developing a disaster recover plan.

Newsletter 41 (February 2010)
The 2010 workshop is a hands on fire practical workshop for small museums, libraries and archives in the Canterbury region

Newsletter 40 (Sept 2009) 
How Safe is your Hard Copy - Notes from Stephen Clarke Archives NZ - the keynote speaker at this 2009 workshop

Newsletter 39 (February 2009)    
Light issues

Newsletter 36-37 (September 07 - February 08)
Historic Photographs - their processes and techniques

Newsletter 35 (February 07)
What is mould

Newsletter 33/34 (February - September 06)
How prepared can you be? What happens may be very different from what you expect

Newsletter 32 (September 05)
A detailed look at how Earthquakes are formed

Newsletter 31
The basics of a disaster emergency plan

Newsletter 30
An ounce of prevention is…worth its weight in gold

Newsletter 29
Health and safety Precautions for storage and handling of heritage materials

Newsletter 27 and 28
Integrated Pest Management

Newsletter 26
The Safe display and Exhibition of Artefacts

Newsletter 25
Attaching Catalogue and accession numbers to Collection materials

Newsletter 24
Handle with Care – how to safely handle museum objects

Newsletter 23
Fire Protection possibilities and recovery equipment

Newsletter 22 (Sept 2000)
This newsletter deals with an explanation of a variety of sprinkler systems and discusses their pros and cons.

Newsletter 21 (April 2000)
This newsletter discusses the disaster response procedures undertaken at Canterbury University Libraries and is written by Andreas Eng Buildings Librarian at the university of Canterbury.

Newsletter 20 (Sept 1999)
This newsletter lists a glossary of heritage photographic terms for use by heritage and cultural institutions. the information was provided by Mark Strange photography conservator.

Newsletter 19 (April 1999)
This newsletter deals with information from a care of photographs workshop taken by Mark Strange photographic conservator.

Newsletter 18 (Sept 1998)
This newsletter uses the fact sheet from the National Library of New Zealand on how to care for books.

Newsletter 17 (April 1998)
This newsletter deals with questions relating to the packing of museum objects for transportation from initial assessment to final packing.

Newsletter 16 (Dec 1997)
Assessing Conservation Concerns

Newsletter 15  (July 1997)
How to Prepare a Disaster Manual

Newsletter 14 (April 1997)

Newsletter 13 (Dec 1996)
Building Projects and Renovations

Newsletter 12 ( June 1996)
Fire at Canterbury Regional Council

Newsletter 11 (Feb 1996)
Earthquakes a case study

Newsletter 10 (June 1995)
Flooding – how to safe guard against

Newsletter 9 (Feb 1995)
Safe storage of large objects

Newsletter 8 (Sept 1994)
Photocopies and their archival ness

Newsletter 7 (March 1994)
Safety of Ceramics

Newsletter 06 (1994)
Identitication and control of rodents

Newsletter 05 (1993)
Insects 2 Control of Pests

Newsletter 04 (1993)
Insects 1 Prevention of Infestation

Newsletter 03 (1993)
Earthquake Issue – Standing on Shaky ground

Newsletter 02 (1992)
Being prepared for the worst. Winter edition

Newsletter 01 (1992)
Dangerous goods and how to safely use them


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