The SafeCult project has flipped into its second half. During the past year, we managed to conduct an in-depth survey of the state of disaster risk management for written heritage in the world. We have collected information about relevant studies, projects, courses, and training, as well as about guidelines more or less related to this issue. We established the project in the virtual space as well (new website, joint cloud storage, joint working group, tools for cooperation with third parties, etc.). Critical parameters necessary for the preparation of possible disaster scenarios were also identified, which became the basis for the next stages. Result 1 was very important from that point of view. The Key study on current knowledge, skills, and approaches, which specifically focuses on disaster risk management in written heritage, was developed with the contributions of all members of the project team. Its outputs subsequently served as the basis for the development of skill cards and curricula for the job positions of manager, emergency expert, and trained volunteer, which are key to disaster risk management. On the basis of all this information, the training modules of the future course for individual job positions have also been designed in the meantime, which will provide workers with the required knowledge and skills for effective disaster risk management for written cultural heritage.
So, what about the next project activities?
The next period will be devoted to developing the syllabus of the individual training modules that will be presented to some of our stakeholders engaged as evaluators by the SafeCult Manifestation of interest. In the next phase in the period February-August, specific training C1 and C2 are planned, namely C1 first for the academic sphere and then C2 for professionals from memory and cultural institutions. At the end of the training, the SafeCult model will be validated based on feedback from the training by each of the participating countries. The final stage of the project will be devoted to the preparation of European guidelines for the management of risks and emergencies for written cultural heritage, as well as the preparation of European collaborative cross-border response tools to manage the cultural heritage disaster emergency. Follow us and join us here.