Conference on archive storage climates

NCS is very pleased to announce the first of four planned conferences called ‘Passive Aggressive?’ – Changing the Climate in Archival and Museum Storage.
We are delighted that The National Archives and the Museums Archives & Libraries Division of the Welsh Government have offered to partner with us to provide these free conferences, one at TNA Kew and the other at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.  The first at Kew will be on the 9th of July from 10:30 until 16:30, the second at NLW on the 13th of July with a similar time programme.
The conference will aim to present and discuss the manner in which the new British and European standards for heritage conservation urge institutions to move away from air-conditioned storage and display and towards sustainable, low energy passive means of managing internal climates.  We will hear about the standards themselves, a comparison of passive methods and air conditioned systems and why passive control can be a viable alternative in existing buildings as well as in new designs.  There will be a series of case studies from archivists, museum custodians, conservators, architects and engineers who have been involved in switching off air conditioning in existing buildings and the results and progress they made, refurbishments that introduce passive approaches, and new building designs that seek to change the way we plan the long term care of collections with lower energy use.  A sector panel will give us the chance to hear from representatives of policy-making and influencing organsations such as Archives Accreditation managers, Heritage Lottery Fund, MALD, DDCMS and others, to be confirmed, addressing how their organisations use standards to evaluate the success of institutions as these new standards begin to take root.  A detailed programme will be sent out as soon as it is complete.
There is no charge for delegates to attend.  If you would like to come, please contact us as follows:
For the Kew conference:
email Lisa at, providing your name and institution/organisation.
For the NLW conference:
email Seaneen at and provide your name, organisation, address and telephone number.  A similar, bilingual announcement will go out soon on the Archives-Wales bulletin.
Two further events are planned: one at the National Gallery of Ireland and one at a venue to be confirmed in Scotland, both intended for the Autumn.  Announcements about these will be sent out as soon as possible.

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