Did you miss out on last week’s talk about the fire that devastated the Glasgow School of Art almost a year ago? Fear not, as Duncan Chappell (Academic Liaison Librarian, GSA) kindly let us record his presentation and share his powerpoint with you!
The talk describes the fabulous interior and collections that were destroyed in the fire, such as the iconic periodical table and rare avant-garde journals. However, he also discusses miraculous survivors like the paper documents in conservation boxes (hurrah!) and tightly packed books on shelves.
Duncan talks about how the fire started in the basement of the school and spread rapidly through ventilation shafts they did not know even existed. He then describes the aftermath of the fire, explaining the salvage operations carried out with the help of conservators, museum professionals and volunteers. From this experience, he then offers helpful tips and advice for other institutions who are developing a disaster plan.
Overall, this is a heart-breaking, but fascinating talk and one that conservators from all disciplines can learn from. So sit back, relax and listen to this excellent discourse on what to do when disaster strikes!
“Rescuing Rennie Mackintosh: Response to Fire at the Glasgow School of Art” by Duncan Chappell, Academic Liaison Librarian, Glasgow School of Art. Recorded at the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library on 14th April 2015.
This is our first attempt at recording audio, so apologies for the slight distortion on some parts of the presentation. The accompanying Powerpoint presentation can be found here. Rescuing Rennie Mackintosh: Response to Fire at Glasgow School of Art
Hope you enjoy, please let us know what you think in the comments box below!