Today I had the chance to experience a disaster response and recovery first hand on my placement at the Maritime Museum. Unfortunately a flood had reached some objects in one of the store rooms yesterday, and items had to be quickly removed and taken to the studio for drying out. The need for a speedy response and treatment is paramount in this type of disaster, in order to prevent mould growth which can set in in 24 hours.

My role today involved drying out the documents and repackaging them, so they could be sent back to the store. Ideally objects with water damage like this would be left to air dry naturally, but the use of hairdryers was employed to speed the process up as there were so many objects to treat and space was limited.

Although it is never nice to see an object damaged, these particular items did not fare too badly as action was taken immediately, and it was a very educative process overall to have experienced..