nternational Blue Shield mission: 27 APRIL TO 1 MAY
Wednesday, 15 April 2009 09:09
International Blue Shield mission: 27 APRIL TO 1 MAY
The new Blue Shield international coordination center in The Hague received a request for support from Cologne, which we distributed among our relations and Dutch Archive institutes and professionals. We have received many responses from those who want to help.
Together with the National Archive and the Dutch Branch organization of Archive institutes (BRAIN) we made an inventory of people and institutes willing to help. Their offers keep coming in. We have received many responses from The Netherlands, but also from Belgium, France, the United States and the Czech Republic. In the first week of April a delegation went to Cologne to see how best to coordinate offers of assistance. The staff in Cologne gave us a warm welcome and we obtained detailed information and a thorough impression of the work that is in progress.
The delegation was very much impressed by the work that has been done so far. The process of searching and finding the material is taking place under extremely dangerous and difficult circumstances. It is therefore a tremendous achievement to have made such progress. It has not only surprised us it has also surprised the staff and volunteers of the Archive. The planning has been revised several times and has greatly progressed. The prognoses are that the first phase of the recovery process (separating material, storage, registration, first aid to the objects like cleaning and drying or preparing for further treatment) needs one more month, so this will end even before the summer holidays.
The delegation was also very impressed by the determination and the motivation of everyone at work. After a month of stress and extremely long working hours spirits seem unbroken, though the fatigue is showing. Firemen are still the only ones working on the slope, because of the dangerous conditions. They have a whole team working day in day out and they will stay until the slope is gone.
A coordinated mission is needed as soon as possible. It will be most helpful in this first phase of the recovery process if several teams work at the same time and on the same location. In accordance with the staff in Cologne we therefore decided to reschule schedule our mission for 27 APRIL TO 1 MAY. A coordinated mission will save time and energy for the Archive staff,who must make the necessary arrangements for each individual volunteer, including booking the accommodation, introduction, transport, etc.)
To prepare the mission we needed some time. We are fully aware that all professionals who indicated their willingness to help will need some time too and may have difficulty matching a busy agenda with this unforeseen early departure. Because of this we hereby call on every professional, whether they have already indicated their interest to join us or are deciding to do so, to support our hardworking colleagues of Cologne and make this first international Blue Shield mission a success.
International Blue Shield mission: 27 APRIL TO 1 MAYApplication:
Date: Monday, 27 April to 1 May (Note: 1 May is a holiday).
Tasks: Sorting material (rubble/collection), select dry and wet materials, clean, register, dry partly wet material and prepare other material for freeze-drying at other locations.
Transport to Cologne: A touring car will depart from The Hague on Monday morning, the 27th of April and will return on the 1st of May. All participants are welcome to join us, since there will be no charge for this. This service will not be beneficial to all participants (f.e. from other countries), whom we regret must arrange and pay for their own transport.
Transport within Cologne: Transport by shuttle bus from accomodation to the work locations will be arranged free of charge by the city of Cologne.
Accommodation: The city of Cologne offers all volunteers free accomodation, food, and beverages. May 1st is a holiday for the Archive. The touring car will return to The Hague in the afternoon to enable participants to visit Cologne.
Insurance: The city of Cologne has provided the Archive with insurance for all volunteers.More information: Please visit our website https://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.ancbs.org or attend our presentations (see below), in which we will provide you with more info about the actual situation in Cologne, the working conditions, tasks and facilities for the volunteers.
Monday April 20: The Hague, Nationaal Archief, Auditorium, 16.00 – 17.30 hrs.
Tuesday April 21: Nijmegen, Regionaal Archief Nijmegen,16.00 -17.30 hrs.
Saturday April 25 :s Hertogenbosch, Restauratiebeurs, 12.00 -13.00 hrs. the big theater—————————————————————-
YES / NO / NOT SURE Participate in the Blue Shield mission of Monday 27 April to Friday 1 May.
YES / NO Participate in the Blue Shield meeting at the Nationaal Archief
YES / NO Participate in the Blue Shield meeting at the Regionaal Archief Nijmegen
YES / NO Participate in the Blue Shield meeting at the Restauration fair in ‘s HertogenboschInstitution
Institution (Please send only one application form with all the names, if several members of your institute will join the mission):
(Name(s): 1. ………………………..
Contact details: ……………………………………………………………………………………………
Phonenumber (06 / direct)…………………………………..
EACH PERSON OR INSTITUTE WHICH HAS ALREADY INDICATED THEIR WILLINGNESS TO HELP BUT IS UNABLE TO JOIN OUR MISSION DURING THIS PARTICULAR PERIOD IS ALSO KINDLY REQUESTED TO FILL IN THE NEW INFORMATION AND RETURN THIS EMAIL.
On behalf of BRAIN, Nationaal Archief en Blue Shield,
00 31 (0)20 4632342
Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS)
Laan van Meerdervoort 70
2517 AN The Hague,
Web address: https://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.ancbs.org
Telephone: 00 31 (0)70-3466161
Fax: 00 31 (0)70-3467232