GADPN (Glasgow Area Disaster Planning Network)


The Glasgow Area Disaster Planning Network was initiated in 2004 by the Scottish Screen Archive. The Group holds regular meetings, organises training events, and offers help to its members should a disaster occur in any of their repositories (in 2014 the group supported the recovery of The Glasgow School of Art’s archives following a major fire in the School’s Mackintosh Building). As a result of these activities, members have become more aware of the need to be prepared and feel better equipped to deal with an emergency should one arise.

Each member organisation is required to have an up-to-date disaster plan.  For more information please contact:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The group welcomes suggestions for training events. Below are details about GADPN’s previous activities:


Susannah Waters, Archivist at The Glasgow School of Art and Linda Ramsay Head of Conservation, National Records of Scotland spoke on disaster recovery following The Glasgow School of Art fire. 


The GADPN did not hold a training session this year as the Archives and Records Association delivered a workshop covering Preservation Skills for Archivists at Glasgow's Mitchell Library in October. This workshop covered areas such as emergency planning and disaster recovery.


2009's training event included a presentation by Fiona Wilbraham of Stirling Council on disaster recovery after a fire, followed by practical sessions looking at risk identification and how to deal with damaged archive material. The event ended with a general discussion on disaster plans and disaster box contents.


 Our training session this year was hosted by the National Library of Scotland and focused on the experience of a recent flood at NLS and the contents of disaster boxes. Presentations were given by Rab Jackson (Preservation & Conservation Manager), Bill Jackson (Estates Manager), and David Kerr (Conservation Manager). Particular points raised included handling contractors, the recent flooding, the aftermath – drying, conservation work, and residual moisture checks in the building. 


In September 2007 a training session on disaster management for modern media (film, video, discs etc) was held at Motherwell Heritage Centre. Leo Enticknap, Lecturer in Cinema at the University of Leeds gave an informative presentation on recovering modern media after a disaster, particularly looking at how water affects these materials. Hands-on examples of the most common types of modern media were shown to the group.


A practical hands-on morning was organised in 2006 at Glasgow University Archives.  Linda Ramsay and two other conservators from the National Archives of Scotland very kindly agreed to be present as teams attempted to deal with the aftermath of a flood and the consequent very soggy papers. Presentations about the dealing with a disaster and disaster box contents were given by Carol Parry, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and Heather Mackay, University of Glasgow, respectively. Carol Parry's presentation can be downloaded here.


A training event was offered as part of a Society of Archivists, Scotland training event.  Rachel Farmer from Norfolk Record Office drew on personal experience when talking of the Norfolk Record Office fire.  Caroline Brown from Dundee University Archives, spoke on writing and implementing a disaster plan and Vanessa Charles, Conservator from the University of Dundee spoke about dealing with disasters from a conservator's perspective.