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Poachers target museums

The National Museum of Ireland has dehorned the rhinos it has on exhibit to prevent more thefts. Four stuffed rhino heads were stolen from its storerooms in April.

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Louvre to move its reserve collection out of Paris

PARIS, Sept. 14, 2013 (UPI) -- The Louvre, possibly the world's most famous art museum, plans to move its reserve collection out of Paris to avoid the risk of flood damage, an official said.

Works owned by the museum but not on display are currently stored in the basement of the massive building on the banks of the Seine River. Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti, speaking on Friday, France's National Heritage Day, said they will be transferred to a facility in northern France, The reported.

The Louvre owns about 460,000 works of art but only about 35,000 are on display in the museum at any given time. Paris suffered a disastrous flood in 1910, and officials have warned for years there could be a repeat.

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Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage


The US National Archives currently has on display the exhibition, "Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage." The exhibit explores Iraq’s Jewish past and showcases National Archives’ preservation expertise through images of items recovered from the flooded basement of the Mukhabarat, Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, before and after treatment.

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Initial damage costs can blow out and often do!

Latest damage estimate from Forbes Library arson between $100K-$150...

Original cost expected to be 5K now

Arson suspected in Forbes Library fire; damage estimated at $5,000

NORTHAMPTON — Police are looking for someone they say set a fire in a stairwell in Forbes Library Monday night causing an estimated $5,000 in damage.

Police Capt. Jody Kasper said that at 8:44 p.m., someone used an accelerant to douse the carpet of a stairwell, lit it on fire and then fled. A patron and a library employee used fire extinguishers to put out the fire and firefighters checked the area when they arrived, library director Janet Moulding said Tuesday.

There are no suspects, according to Kasper.

No one was injured and the damage is limited to the rug and a wooden bannister, said Assistant Fire Chief Duane Nichols. The stairwell that burned is near the front door, connecting the lobby to the second floor. Moulding said that the library’s second floor will be closed until a restoration company can clean all of the white powder left over from the fire extinguishers.

At around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, a half-hour before the library was due to open, employees were posting “stairway closed” signs at the bottom of the steps, blocked off with caution tape. A police officer stood guard in the lobby and later assisted two other officers in photographing evidence. Kasper said an officer was posted at the library all night as a precaution.

Moulding stood on the second landing of the stairwell, which was littered with bits of ash and burned carpet as well as the white powder. She lamented the damage to the carved banister and rungs, which she said probably dates back to the library’s construction in 1893.

“We’ll have to replace all of this. We’ll have to call a custom woodworker who can recreate this,” she said, gesturing to the charred wood that stretched from the landing to the second floor. Some of a wall next to the stairs was also blackened. She said Building Inspector Louis Hasbrouck was due to inspect the stairs Tuesday but they appeared structurally sound.

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From: [] On Behalf Of Anna Gulbransen
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2015 11:57 AM
To: A listserv for those interested in archives and records managementissues in the Pacific.
Subject: Re: [PARBICA] Wishing the best for our Vanuatu and Tuvalu colleagues


Hi Mark and the PARBICA family,


Here is an update from Vanuatu via the National Library and Archives Facebook page –


We are all safe. The Library and Archives collection are safe. No damage to the Collections. Keep praying for the people of Vanuatu.


My thoughts are with you in this difficult time.




From: [] On Behalf Of Mark Crookston
Sent: Sunday, 15 March 2015 2:31 p.m.
To: A listserv for those interested in archives and records management issues in the Pacific.
Subject: [PARBICA] Wishing the best for our Vanuatu and Tuvalu colleagues



It is with great sadness and concern that I read the reports of devastation in Vanuatu and extreme flooding in Tuvalu following Cyclone Pam.

My thoughts are with our Vanuatu and Tuvalu PARBICA friends and their families and loved ones at this time.

I know it may take many days to hear from them, but if someone does make contact with Anne, Bela, Augustine or Ane, please let the PARBICA network know.


Much love,


Disaster Recovery takes so much time - many people don't even realise it hasn't been sorted yet...

Rotorua Museum will be closed for at least the next two years and is losing up to $300,000 a month after it was damaged in November 2016's earthquake.

Good planning - good PR

Fire sparks evacuation of 4,000 people from London Science Museum during school holidays

Review of the 5th APTCCARN Forum—Natural Disasters and Cultural Heritage in the Philippines: Knowledge Sharing, Decision Making and Conservation

5 Jun 2017
Newsletter Issue Number: 
#138 June 2017
Nicole Tse, Claire Grech, Sabine Cotte and Pam Soriano

In April this year, the 5th Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Conservation Art Research Network (APTCCARN) Forum was held in Bohol, Philippines, co-hosted by the National Museum of the Philippines, the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation and SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts. The event drew together more than 60 participants from across the Asia Pacific region and focused on the practical aftermath and realities of disaster preparedness and recovery.

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Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana in the United States

Volunteers, staff conserve smoke-damaged art at Masur Museum

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Volunteers left distraught after 'thousands of pounds' of damage caused at new museum

Barry at War museum was expected to open on August 5 but volunteers say they will now not be able to open it this year.

Several items are missing.

John Buxton said that one of the main attractions was to have been a miniature railway and military vehicle exhibition.

The volunteers behind the scheme say it will mean they cannot open this year

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Art in the Louvre has been taken down after water damage was spotted following a storm in the capital on Sunday, July 9, 2017

Two of the works that make up the Four Seasons by Nicolas Poussin among those damaged

Several masterpieces in the Louvre were among the victims of the July 9 storms in Paris, the museum has confirmed.

Water damage caused by the storm was discovered on two of the works that make up Nicolas Poussin's Four Seasons in the Sept-Cheminées room, while The Triumph of Mordecai by Jean-François de Troy was also affected. 

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Artworks on Long term Loan From the Louvre Destroyed in Fire on a French Island

Among the casualties were three paintings on long-term loan from the Louvre—another blow to the Paris institution just weeks after the museum was hit by violent storms that damaged two works by Poussin and a Jean-François de Troy.

According to the Manche county council, the fire was most likely caused by lightning. Fifty-one firefighters tackled the blaze, which struck the museum’s 150 square-meter reserve building and destroyed one wing entirely.


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