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Q: Objects have been damaged by an earthquake. What do I do first?

A: Seek professional advice from relevant professionals. If an object is broken you should carefully collect all the pieces together that you can find no matter how small and place carefully in a zip lock bag or enclosure for possible conservation at a later date. Each separate object should have its own bag or enclosure.

It is also advisable to put some white tissue paper in as padding so the pieces do not rub against each other and cause further damage.

If the object is made of glass, ceramic or similar materials take care in handling as they often have sharp edges when broken.

Consult a conservator or relevant heritage professional.

Often your local art gallery, museum or library can assist with information as well

Q: How do you stop pottery from being damaged in an Earthquake?

A. There are a variety of different products on the market made up of gels and waxes that can secure your pottery and glass artefacts however it is vital that you check the materials used to ensure it is safe to use them on your objects.

Q Who do I get expert advice from to restore broken objects?

A: You should contact a conservator for advice and possible repair.

Often your local art gallery, museum or library can assist with information as well

Q: What is the best way to handle broken material?

A: Use nitrate gloves, (nitrate gloves, similar to latex style gloves are the best, but latex or plastic can be used if nitrate gloves are not available). Handle carefully and ensure you collect all the pieces. Do not attempt to try and put the pieces back together.

Often your local art gallery, museum or library can assist with information as well

 

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EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE

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