A1 Journal article (refereed)
Preservation in Disaster Situations: a case study of the Valvilla Wool Mill Museum, Finland (2013)


Wirilander, H. (2013). Preservation in Disaster Situations: a case study of the Valvilla Wool Mill Museum, Finland. e-conservation Journal, 1(1), 115-129. https://doi.org/10.18236/econs1.201313


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Publication details

All authors or editors: Wirilander, Heidi

Journal or series: e-conservation Journal

ISSN: 2183-1335

Publication year: 2013

Volume: 1

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 115-129

Publisher: Universidade de Évora

Place of Publication: Évora

Publication country: Portugal

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18236/econs1.201313

Persistent website address: http://www.e-conservation.org/downloads/finish/2-issues/2-issue1/0

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/43233

Additional information: This article discusses the role of documentation and rescue planning in minimizing collection damages in disaster situations. The topic is surveyed through a case study of a fire that occurred in 2003 at the Valvilla Wool Mill museum in Hyvinkää, in Southern Finland. This incident caused significant damage to the authenticity and integrity of the museum’s archival collection. Both the fire and the extinguishing of the fire caused severe damage to items in the archival collection. Deterioration continued during aftercare, causing serious secondary collection damage because the methods of the first aid and aftercare were spontaneously planned and applied. By using the Valvilla Wool Mill museum’s incident as an illustrative case study, the article analyses how the documentation and rescue planning influenced collection damage and demonstrates the kinds of effects rescue work can have on the authenticity and integrity of cultural heritage items.


Keywords: cultural heritage; fire

Free keywords: archival collections; collection recovery


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Reporting Year: 2013

JUFO rating: 0


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