Conservation Advisory Network

About CAN

The Conservation Advisory Network is a free service that offers a range of collections care advice, training and support for museums in North East England. CAN is delivered and managed through a partnership between The Bowes Museum and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and is funded through Arts Council England’s Museum Development Programme and Major Partner Museum funding.

CAN offers the following support:

  • Telephone and email helpline
  • Advisory visits
  • Advice and assistance on a range of subjects e.g.
  • undertaking Benchmarks in Collections Care
  • pest management
  • conservation planning
  • emergency preparedness
  • planning remedial conservation programmes
  • Training
  • Support for the Regional Emergency Response Resource
  • Support to help meet requirements within Section 2 of the Accreditation standard

You can access this support by contacting:

Heather Richardson, Regional Conservator, heather.richardson@thebowesmuseum.org.uk

For an insight into the services CAN offers please take a look at their posts on The Bowes Museum blog:

Our CAN case study (which can be downloaded here) offers an overview of CAN support provided in 2012-15.


Regional Emergency Response Resource

What is it?

The Regional Emergency Response Resource (formerly known as the Regional Disaster Network) was formed to ensure that North East museums, in the event of an incident like a fire or flood, have access to coordinated emergency support. Part of this resource includes salvage equipment and materials which are free to borrow by any organisation that cares for collections (including archives and libraries). Training in salvage techniques is also provided by the Conservation Advisory Network (see above) to museum staff and volunteers.

How do I access the salvage materials and additional support?

There are three regional ‘dumps’ of salvage equipment, one at Woodhorn Museum, one at Berwick Museum & Art Gallery and the third at Beamish Museum, which are available for use in an emergency. Salvage materials are provided on the basis that any used items are replaced by the borrowing organisation.