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Panel Discussion: The impact of COVID-19 on emergency planning and salvage response

Care of Collections

From: Wednesday 02.09.20
at 7:00pm
To: Wednesday 02.09.20
at 8:30pm




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Join the ICON Care of Collection group for a panel discussion on the impact of COVID on emergency planning and salvage response, covering a range of topics such as:

  • Updating risk assessments
  • Salvage Teams
  • PPE
  • Salvage Equipment
  • Finding Spaces for Salvage work
  • How do we prepare for another lockdown?
  • Concern about a lock down in winter

There will be a chance to contribute and raise your own questions. This is an event not to be missed.

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This webinar will bring together professionals from heritage salvage teams including to discuss the impact of covid on emergency planning and salvage response. Focusing on salvage equipment, communicating and managing salvage teams, welfare and preparing for another lockdown.


Sophia Oelman, Preventive Conservator at Spencer and Fry

Sadie Wilson, Collections Storage and Movement Manager for National Museum of the Royal Navy

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Sophia Oelman - Preventive Conservator at Spencer & Fry Sophia graduated from her MA in the conservation of archaeological and museum objects at Durham University in 2012. Following her MA Sophia completed an ICON internship at the Fitzwilliam Museum working on the conservation of Ancient Egyptian Coffins. Working at the Imperial War Museum Sophia planned large scale exhibition installations and carried out a condition survey of the Holocaust Gallery. At the Science Museum Sophia conserved and couriered objects for national and international loan, planned and carried out the installation and decant of exhibitions and worked on the museum’s large store move as part of the One Collection Project. In this role Sophia wrote and carried out specialised training packages and helped to develop Asset Management and barcoding technology. As Preventive Conservator at Historic Royal Palaces Sophia worked as part of a team managing risks to the collection, focusing on minimising the 10 agents of decay. In many of her roles Sophia has been part of the emergency response teams, auditing salvage kits, buying salvage materials and taking part in practical and desk based training as well as responding to incidents. Sadie Wilson - Collections Storage and Movement Manager for National Museum of the Royal Navy Sadie graduated from her BA in Conservation and Restoration in 2009 and later completed an MA in International Heritage Management in 2017. Since graduating from her BA Sadie has worked as a freelance conservator working on historic interior projects for private conservation companies and later moved into working on heritage collections. At English Heritage Sadie worked as the project conservator for the 'Caring for Kenwood' project. Working at the Science Museum, Sadie advised and planned exhibition decants and installations, as well as planned, conserved and couriered loans and touring exhibitions. Sadie has also worked on conservation projects at the Horniman Museum and Sharjah Museums. Currently Sadie works as the Collections Storage and Movement Manager of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, in this role Sadie has developed and planned the move and re-storage of the Royal Marines Museum collection. As well as project work Sadie also co-leads on maintaining and implementing the emergency and salvage plan for all sites within the organisation.