Flood Resilient Museums

Led by the Alliance of Euro-Mediterranean Cultural Cities and the Institute of Prevention and Management of Urban Risks (IPGR), the study Flood Resilient Museums started in October 2016 thanks to the support of the French Ministry of the Ecological and Solidarity Transition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for Culture.

This action is composed of three stages :

1) The first phase of the project evaluated the exposure and fragility of the French museums of the Mediterranean arc with the “Museums of France” designation located in flood zone and their answers, in terms of adaptation and preparation, to ensure the preservation of the cultural property they house.
Based on the richness of the exchanges engaged, the feedback gathered and the analysis of the important national and international documentation on the subject, it was possible to develop a methodological approach to help the museum establishments to realize, improve or update their plans for the
cultural property safeguarding in the face of flood risks.

The French version of the methological guide published within the framework of this first phase is available by clicking here. The English version of this guide will be available on this page soon.

2) As part of the second phase of the project, the AVEC network and the IPGR accompanied the Camargue Museum in the development of its Cultural Heritage Safeguarding Plan (PSBC). This plan was tested in May 2018, during a simulation exercise that was an opportunity to strengthen the links between the various actors in the territory who are or could be involved in the safeguarding of cultural property of museums in the region.
At the same time, the AVEC network and the IPGR organized the International Symposium Flood Resilient Museums at the Arles Departmental Museum on June 20th, 2018. The aim was to cross the expert eye to contribute to furthering the debate on the issue of
cultural heritage protection in the face of natural hazards.

3) Lastly, the third step, which should be carried out in 2018-2019, involves the development of a 3D model of a typical museum in order to visualize, for pedagogical purposes, the effects of different types of flood on collections, but also to access various digital tools to develop a backup plan.


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