Passive Aggressive?' - Changing the Climate in Archival and Museum Storage, NGI, Dublin (Conference)

Posted: Wednesday, 03 October 2018

The National Conservation Service is very pleased to announce the fourth and last of four free conferences called 'Passive Aggressive?' - Changing the Climate in Archival and Museum Storage, to held with partners The National Gallery of Ireland in their lecture theatre on the 25th of October 2018.

The conferences all aim to present and discuss the manner in which the new British and European standards for heritage conservation urge institutions to move away from air-conditioned storage and display and towards sustainable, low energy, passive means of managing internal climates.

The new EN standard, EN16893:2018, is for all types of heritage storage and display buildings, so for the first time staff and designers of existing and new buildings in the museums and galleries arena have access to a comprehensive standard, something that only archives and libraries have hitherto enjoyed. The old archive storage building standard BS5454 has now been formally withdrawn, replaced by this new EN standard. A brief summary of the new standard, and its complimentary British Standard BS4971:2017 on conservation of archive and library collections, can be found here:
and here:

09:30 Arrival and Registration
10:00 Introduction - Sean Rainbird, Director The National Gallery of Ireland
10:10 Presentation - Chris Woods, Director NCS: New Standards for Conservation and Buildings - Changing Storage Climates
10:40 Presentation - Chris Croly, Building Services Engineering Director, BDP Dublin: Approaches to environmental building projects
11:10 Tea/Coffee
11.40 Presentation - Niall McCullough, mcculloughmulvin architects: Sustainable architecture in cultural buildings
12.10 Presentation - Chris Woods, Director NCS: Comparing Passive with Mechanical Control - BS5454:1989 to EN 16893
12:50 Questions to speakers
13:00 Lunch Break (lunch not provided)
14:00 Presentation - Niall Parsons Senior Architect OPW/Conor Clarke OPW Mechanical and Electrical Services: Strategic and technical approaches to OPW building projects
14.40 Case Studies: Irish Cultural Collections: Storage projects
14.40 Colum O'Riordan: The Irish Architectural Archive
15.00 Hazel Menton/Tom Quinlan: The National Archive of Ireland
15.20 Emer Ni Cheallaigh/Judith Finlay: The National Museum of Ireland
15.40 Case Studies: ‘Switching off': UK Case studies presented by the NCS
16.00 Policy Discussion & Final Q&A Panel
16.30 Conference Finish

There is no charge for delegates to attend, we will have tea/coffee but lunch is not provided. Conferences are being generously sponsored by Bruynzeel Storage Systems Ltd, in order to make the conferences free to delegates.

Bookings can be made via, providing your name and institution/organisation.