Protecting Historic Architecture and Museum Collections from Natural Disasters - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780409900354, 9781483278278

Protecting Historic Architecture and Museum Collections from Natural Disasters

1st Edition

Editors: Barclay G. Jones
eBook ISBN: 9781483278278
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 18th June 1986
Page Count: 572
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Protecting Historic Architecture and Museum Collections from Natural Disasters serves as a useful guide for professionals engaged in the preservation of cultural heritage, whether structures or artifacts. This book discusses how to prevent losses to the cultural heritage of structures and artifacts through more knowledgeable protection, prevention, and emergency response.

Organized into six sections encompassing 26 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the mechanisms for preserving and protecting the heritage. This text then examines the threats of destruction by the natural elements such as decay, air pollution, subsidence, and other forms of attrition. Other chapters consider the social functional and economic values of the buildings and museum objects. This book discusses as well the natural disaster policies within a society. The final chapter deals with the enlistment of the private sector in dealing with catastrophes rising out of fire, earthquake, flood, and other natural disasters.

This book is a valuable resource for conservation specialists, archivists, private collectors, dealers, curators, and librarians.

Table of Contents


Section One Destruction of the Cultural Heritage by Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters

Experiencing Loss

Protection of Our Cultural Heritage Against Natural Disasters

On Earth as It Is: Recent Losses of Historic Structures from Earthquakes and Natural Disasters

Lessons to be Learned from Friuli

Section One References

Section Two Policy Issues

Facing Disasters

Disaster Preparedness and Response Policy

Section Two References

Section Three Assessment of Hazards and Vulnerability

Assessing Dangers

Multi-Hazard Assessment of Localities and Sites

Assessing the Seismic Vulnerability of Museums and Historic Structures

Section Three References

Section Four Preventive Measures to Mitigate Losses

Preventing Damage

Reducing Vulnerability

The Mitigation and Prevention of Earthquake Damage to Artifacts

Museum Disaster Preparedness Planning

The Use and History of Traditional Recording Techniques for the Documentation of Sites and Monuments in Disaster-Prone Areas

Applying Photogrammetry to the Protection of Historic Architecture and Museum Collections from Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters

Section Four References

Section Five Emergency and Rescue Measures for Structures and Artifacts

Confronting Emergencies

Emergency Protection to Damaged Structures

Wind and Water Damage to Historic Structures

Preparedness for Natural Disasters for Monuments and Artifacts

Emergency Conservation of Earthquake-Damaged Objects of Polychromed Wood in Friuli, Italy

A Regional Approach to Disaster Coping

Section Five References

Section Six

Public and Private Response Measures

Seeking Assistance

International Programs for the Rescue of Cultural Property

Federal Response Measures to Natural Disasters

Roles of State and Local Governments in Applying Earthquake Safety Measures and Providing Post Event Assistance to Historic Architecture and to Museums

Mobilization of Private Philanthropy in Responding to Damages Resulting from Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters

Section Six References

Appendix A Multi-Hazard Ratings of Counties by States for the United States

Appendix B Bibliography on Natural Disasters

Appendix C Seminar Program

Appendix D List of Authors



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