National Disaster Response Scheme - Ireland

National Disaster Response Scheme

I want to draw your attention to the National Disaster Response Scheme that has been established to assist museums, libraries and archives to immediately respond effectively following an emergency or incident involving water damage to collections.

The scheme has been generously sponsored by the Council of National Cultural Institutions (CNCI) and is available to any museum, library, archive or cultural collection of national or local significance across the 32 counties.

A number of essential and highly-specialised Disaster Response materials are available to handle water damage and mould remediation in the days immediately after a disaster. This includes water absorbent cushions and dehumidifiers to remove water and moisture from a flood or leak site; heavy duty blotting paper to dry wetted collections as well as essential hand tools and smaller useful items for salvaging mixed collections.

For more details on the scheme contact

Photographic Activity Test - PAT Tested

Photographic Activity Test (PAT)
The Photographic Activity Test, or PAT, is an international standard test (ISO18916) for evaluating photo-storage and display products. Developed by IPI, this test explores interactions between photographic images and the enclosures in which they are stored. The PAT is routinely used to test papers, adhesives, inks, glass and framing components, sleeving materials, labels, photo albums, scrapbooking supplies and embellishments, as well as other materials upon request.  This test can be performed on products in development as well as on materials already in use in collections. 

We encourage producers of photo-storage and display products to purchase and review ISO 18916 describing the Photographic Activity Test. After reviewing the standard, contact us with any questions that may arise. ISO 18916 can be purchased at