Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Heritage Collections

Maximum number of participants: 20
Registration Fee: SGD 133.75 per participant (inclusive of 7% GST)
Registration closes on 31 Mar 2019. For information on payment, view the registration form on the Registration Details page.

Date: 24 June 2019
Time:  9.00am – 5.00pm

Venue: National Library Board (NLB) Building
Bras Basah Room, Basement 1
100 Victoria Street
Singapore 188064

About the Workshop

This one-day workshop shows how various groups of heritage collections and historical records may be salvaged in the event of an emergency or disaster, identifies measures to avoid potential hazards and provides guidance in developing an effective emergency and disaster preparedness plan for heritage collections. The workshop is highly interactive and includes discussions, demonstrations and hands-on sessions.

Target Audience

Employees of various levels in memory institutions including management, facility personnel, registrars, conservators, archivist, librarians, curators.

About the Trainers

Josephine Chang obtained her B.A. (Hon) in Art Conservation (Paper & Book) from Camberwell College of Arts (1996-1999) and a Diploma in Fine Arts (Painting) from LaSalle College of Fine Arts, Singapore (1992-1995). She has about 20 years of working experience in the conservation and restoration industry in both the public and private sectors including the National Archives of Singapore (as principal conservator), Singapore Tyler Print Institute (as manager for gallery and programme management), Renate Kant Studio for Conservation/Paper Conservation Studio (as paper conservator). She has also interned at the National Museum of Singapore, South London Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. She is the founder, director and principal conservator of The PIA Studio (formerly PIA Preserve In Aesthetics). She is currently the Senior Manager (Collections Care) Artwork & Exhibition Management at the National Gallery Singapore.

Some of her professional involvement include:

  • Conducted workshop on preservation at La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore
  • Gave talks on conservation at Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Library Association of Singapore, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Hainan Huay Kuan, Watercolour Society of Singapore, ShanghArt Gallery
  • Presented papers on:

–  The Research and Collaboration between National Archives of Singapore (NAS) and     Scientific Research Archives Conservation of Shaanxi Province on “Restoring and Preserving Deteriorated Archives” at the Joint NAS-State Archives Administration of China Seminar.

–  Map Collection Management, World Library Summit on Map Collection, National Library Board.

Her interests and strengths include:

  • Implementation of ISO Process and Certification (for National Archives of Singapore)
  • Physical condition assessment on heritage collections and condition reporting
  • Consultancy in artwork and archival collection management and storage set-up
  • Professional conservation and restoration treatment
  • Conservation framing and display methodology
  • Housing and packing of heritage collections for long term storage
  • Maintenance service for heritage collections
  • Proper handling and transporting of heritage collections
  • Customising talks and training workshops on care and preserving art and archival collections
  • Mentoring interns and conducting apprenticeships  

Grace Loke has been with the National Gallery Singapore since 2014. She is part of the Collections Care team that develops, manages and delivers collections care, preventative and administrative activities to Loan and National Collection works in the Gallery. Previously, she was with the National Heritage Board’s Heritage Conservation Centre where she took on textile conservation and collections management duties. Her interests include preventive conservation of cultural heritage with special focus on integrated pest management and material deterioration research. She is currently completing her MA in preventive conservation with the Northumbria University.