In this section you will find PDFs of our bi annual newsletter which can be printed out or to download.

Newsletter 1 (1992)

Dangerous goods and how to safely use them.

Newsletter 2 (1992)

Being prepared for the worst. Winter edition.

Newsletter 03 (1993)

Earthquake Issue – Standing on Shaky ground.

Newsletter 04 (1993)

Insects 1 Prevention of Infestation.

Newsletter 05 (1993)

Insects 2 Control of Pests.

Newsletter 06 (1994)

Identitication and control of rodents.

Newsletter 7 (March 1994)

Safety of Ceramics.

Newsletter 8 (Sept 1994)

Photocopies and their archival ness.

Newsletter 9 (Feb 1995)

Safe storage of large objects.

Newsletter 10 (June 1995)

Flooding – how to safe guard against.

Newsletter 11 (Feb 1996)

Earthquakes a case study.

Newsletter 12 ( June 1996)

Fire at Canterbury Regional Council.

Newsletter 13 (Dec 1996)

Building Projects and Renovations.

Newsletter 14 (April 1997)


Newsletter 15 (July 1997)

How to Prepare a Disaster Manual.

Newsletter 16 (Dec 1997)

Assessing Conservation Concerns.

Newsletter 17 (April 1998)

This newsletter deals with questions relating to the packing of museum objects for transportation from initial assessment to final packing.

Newsletter 18 (Sept 1998)

This newsletter uses the fact sheet from the National Library of New Zealand on how to care for books.

Newsletter 19 (April 1999)

This newsletter deals with information from a care of photographs workshop taken by Mark Strange photographic conservator.

Newsletter 20 (Sept 1999)

This newsletter lists a glossary of heritage photographic terms for use by heritage and cultural institutions. the information was provided by Mark Strange photography conservator.

Newsletter 21 (April 2000)

This newsletter discusses the disaster response procedures undertaken at Canterbury University Libraries and is written by Andreas Eng Buildings Librarian at the university of Canterbury.

Newsletter 22 (Sept 2000)

This newsletter deals with an explanation of a variety of sprinkler systems and discusses their pros and cons.

Newsletter 23

Fire Protection possibilities and recovery equipment.

Newsletter 24

Handle with Care – how to safely handle museum objects.

Newsletter 25

Attaching Catalogue and accession numbers to Collection materials.

Newsletter 26

The Safe display and Exhibition of Artefacts.

Newsletter 27 and 28

Integrated Pest Management.

Newsletter 29

Health and safety Precautions for storage and handling of heritage materials.

Newsletter 30

An ounce of prevention is…worth its weight in gold.

Newsletter 31

The basics of a disaster emergency plan.

Newsletter 32 (September 05)

A detailed look at how Earthquakes are formed.

Newsletter 33/34 (February - September 06)

How prepared can you be? What happens may be very different from what you expect.

Newsletter 35 (February 07)

What is mould?

Newsletter 36-37 (September 07 - February 08)

Historic Photographs - their processes and techniques.

Newsletter 38 (September 2008)

Care of Photographs Workshop & Case Study.

Newsletter 39 (February 2009)

Light issues.

Newsletter 40 (Sept 2009)

How Safe is your Hard Copy - Notes from Stephen Clarke Archives NZ - the keynote speaker at this 2009 workshop.

Newsletter 41 (February 2010)

The 2010 workshop is a hands on fire practical workshop for small museums, libraries and archives in the Canterbury region.

Newsletter 42 and 43 (September 2010 - February 2011)

What causes earthquakes and the importance of a developing a disaster recover plan.

Newsletter 44 (September 2011)

Ponderings on a Hands on Fire workshop at Woolston Fire Training department in 2010 - from eager participant Rachael Fone Canterbury Museum.

Newsletter 45 (Feburary 2012)

A power point presentation from the 2012 workshop by Vicki Humphries Head of Conservation at the Museum of Australia. Regarding risk prevention and processes that can be used to identify these risks.

Newsletter 46 (September 2012)

Photographic Activity Testing at the National Archives of Australia.

Newsletter 47 (March 2013)

Research on Earthquake Preparedness for heritage and cultural institutions.

Newsletter 48-49 (March 2014)

Emergency planning and crisis management from

Newsletter 50 (Sept 2014)

Salvage tips for a variety of materials in various types of disasters.

Newsletter 51

First report on a disaster workshop undertaken by the Australian National Archives on a mock disaster for library staff.

Newsletter 52

Second report on a second disaster workshop undertaken by the Australian National Archives on a mock disaster for library staff to look at how storage materials stood up to a fire.

Newsletter 53

A brief history of a temporary storage facility during the Christchurch quakes.

Newsletter 54

Guidelines to help with salvaging your collections in the event of a disaster. (pt 1.)

Newsletter 55

Guidelines to help with salvaging your collections in the event of a disaster. (pt 2.)

Newsletter 56 & 57

The role of Cultural Heritage Risk Management methodology in the development of the Disaster Risk Management Plan.

Newsletter 58

First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis.


For a quick reference and disaster plan templates use the following links.

Disaster Plans

The CDST has compiled a selection of examples of Disaster Plans & Plan Templates.