Building resilience beyond COVID-19

19nov11:00 am12:30 pmBuilding resilience beyond COVID-19How can planning minimise risk and adapt the archive sector to the impacts of climate change and COVID-19?11:00 am - 12:30 pm OrganiserScottish Council on ArchivesEvent TypeWebinar & Talks

Event Details

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We are working in partnership with the Scottish Council on Archives (SCA) and National Records of Scotland (NRS) to host a webinar, on Zoom, focused on using emergency planning to build resilience in response to new risks and threats, including climate change impacts.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about examples of good practice within the cultural, heritage and archives sectors, which will play an important part in the nationwide effort to become net zero and effectively adapt to climate change while preserving our culture, heritage and national records.

Speakers for this event:

  • Linda Ramsay, Trustee and Chair of Scottish Council on Archives Preservation Committee and Head of Conservation, National Records of Scotland
  • Ellie Murtagh, Climate Resilience Project Co-ordinator, Adaptation Scotland
  • Catriona Patterson, Transformation of Culture Programme Lead and Amanda Grimm, Transformation of Culture Officer, Creative Carbon Scotland
  • Melinda Haunton, Programme Manager (Archive Accreditation), The National Archives
  • Jane Brown, Head of Archive Liaison and Strategy, National Records of Scotland
  • Mairi Davies, Climate Change Manager, Historic Environment Scotland

The event includes a short interactive activity enabling delegates to apply their learning to a climate change-induced emergency scenario.

The event relates to Planning Matters: Emergency Planning Guidance for Archives, which was  produced by SCA and NRS. It focuses on key factors to consider when preparing an emergency plan and therefore covers preparation, response and recovery.

This free and downloadable guidance is designed to aid those who care for archives wherever held: archive services, special collections within libraries and those housed in private historic houses.

Since the pandemic struck, Planning Matters has been updated to include additional information and references to support emergency planning. Key additional references include:

  • Health and Safety – safe working practices in the COVID-19 context, including the safeguarding of staff mental health and welfare
  • Climate Risk Assessment and Management – additional resources for assessing and managing the risks associated with climate change impacts
  • Business Continuity and Recovery – guidance on re-opening services and equipment and PPE material requirements

Delegates attending the webinar will be sent a preview of the updated guidance in advance of the event.


(Thursday) 11:00 am - 12:30 pm