Leeds Castle to Host Heritage Watch Salvage Conference

Event Date:17 September 2019 9:00 am - 17 September 2019 5:00 pm

One of England’s most visited historic houses, Leeds Castle, is to host a free Heritage Watch conference entitled ‘The Importance of a Salvage Plan’ on 17th September 2019.

In light of the recent Paris tragedy that occurred at Notre Dame, groups that have responsibility for heritage sites are thinking once again about the devastation a fire could cause to the sites they look after and how we would manage the salvage of artefacts within them.

Annie Kemkaran-Smith, Leeds Castle Curator, will open the conference with her thoughts on how to prioritise historic collections, first aid for damaged objects and roles and responsibilities in the event of an emergency.

Annie said:

“Leeds Castle is delighted to be hosting a conference on ‘Salvage’ or more correctly ‘Emergency Preparedness’. Recent high profile disasters have highlighted the need for heritage sites to be prepared for not just fire, but floods, storms and high winds as well. The aim of this conference is to hear from everyone involved in the process, from insurers, fire brigades and curators, to understand the factors to take into consideration when planning for an emergency.”

Sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance, the conference will also include presentations from Kent Fire & Rescue and Curators from other heritage sites to either point you in the right direction, to create a salvage plan or learn more about best practice within the industry.

Join us in the Maiden’s Tower from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and find out if you have you an effective salvage plan and a suitable fire prevention strategy in place at your property. Spaces are limited to 50 attendees, so places are first come first served. Please email kelvinwood@leeds-castle.co.uk if you would like to attend.

The Leeds Castle Foundation is an independent charity. We receive no government or crowd funding and depend entirely on your support. All profits raised go towards our mission to preserve Leeds Castle and the wider estate for future generations.

Leeds Castle is located near Maidstone in Kent just off Junction 8 of the M20 and only one-hour’s drive from London.