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Wednesday 14 October
9.30am to 1pm
Arrive at 9am
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building (Ground floor)
Free, bookings essential

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Half day symposium raising awareness of the role cultural heritage collections play in building community resilience. The symposium offers advice  on frameworks and grants to help you protect your heritage collections.

13 October of each year is the International Day for Disaster Reduction, which promotes a global culture of risk awareness, disaster preparedness and disaster reduction. Australia has experienced a year of significant natural disasters which have affected cultural heritage and collections. As we approach the 2020-2021 Australian disaster season it is timely to reflect and look at what we can practically put in place to safe guard our collections into the future.

Partnering with Blue Shield Australia, cultural institutions and professional associations, this short free symposium is designed to raise awareness in the cultural heritage community about steps you can take to ensure your collections are cared for into the future.


9.30 to 10.30am - Johanna Garnett Torrens Resilience Institute
GLAMing Up Resilience

Providing a global overview of the relationship between cultural heritage and disaster risk reduction, join Johanna Garnett from the Torrens Resilience Institute, Flinders University as she discusses the opportunities that exists for both sectors to assist in times of crisis. Applying this to the Australian context we will ask how can GLAM institutions in Australia can build their own resilience to disruptive events and how the continued relationship between Australian cultural heritage and disaster risk reduction sectors may evolve in coming years.

10.30 to 11.15am - Amanda James History Trust of South Australia/AMAGA
Significance assessments for cultural collections

  • What they are 
  • Their role in helping to identify significant items in your collection
  • Their role in helping you to preserve and protect your collection – you can’t preserve everything
  • Support and grants available to help you obtain one

11.15 to 11.30am - 15 minute break 
Note due to COVID 19 complications no catering will be provided and attendees are welcome to purchase refreshments at the State Library Café or bring their own.

11.35am to 12.15pm - Anne Dineen Artlab Australia/AICCM
Preservation Needs Assessments

  • What they are
  • How they work with Significance assessments in order to prioritise preservation or conversation work and how these are the foundation for sustainable preservation or conservation programs for your collections
  • Support and grants available to help you obtain one

12.15 to 1pm - Heather Brown Artlab Australia/ALIA
Disaster Management for cultural collections

  • What is it why does it matter
  • Why do it
  • How significance assessments and Preservation needs assessments help to inform your approach to disaster management for collections
  • Tools to assist you develop a disaster plan

How do I get to the State Library by public transport?

The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.

You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.

Is there car parking near the State Library?

The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.

There is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.

Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?

Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Chamber is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.

There is on-street disabled parking available in the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.

How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?

You can visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays.  The upper levels of the Mortlock Wing include quiet study areas.

Is there a cafe at the State Library?

Yes, the State Library Cafe by St Raphaels located on the ground floor in the glass foyer.

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