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Julie Bon, Emergency Planning Project Manager for National Trust for Scotland

Julie Bon, ACR, qualified with an MA in the Conservation of Historic Objects from Lincoln University in 2004. She secured a number of Project Conservator roles, including as Inventory Conservator for the Riverside Project at Glasgow Museums, before being appointed Conservator West for the National Trust for Scotland in 2006. She later became Conservator East in 2008.

She became a fully accredited member of the Institute of Conservation in 2014 and in 2015 was seconded by the National Trust for Scotland to manage a Scotland-wide project entitled ‘Emergency Planning for Collections’. She is the NTS representative on the Edinburgh Collections Response Network and a member of SCA.


In March 2015 the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) began a project to focus on Emergency Planning for collections at its properties.  The Trust displays it’s collection in situ within the historic interiors of over 50 properties across the country.  Standardising emergency planning and response across a diverse portfolio of buildings, catering for a wide selection of objects and materials, and managed by a variety of staffing structures posed some significant challenges.

This talk will discuss the background and context for the Emergency Planning for Collections project and the methodologies and approaches adopted in order to develop emergency response and salvage plans, equipment and training at the Trust.  The talk will also put the Trust’s project into an international conservation perspective by highlighting lessons learned from the recent joint American Institute for Conservation and Canadian Conservation Association conference entitled ‘Emergency! Preparing for Disasters and Confronting the Unexpected in Conservation’.