Assorted paintings on a red wall.

In a global context where stability seems increasingly fragile, it is vital to recognize the importance of protecting our priceless cultural heritage in times of crisis.

The possibility of emergencies and disasters is always latent. In this scenario, personnel dedicated to the care of museums, archives, libraries and other collections play a fundamental role in the preservation of our history and culture.

Despite extreme circumstances, there are groups that, even in times of conflict, keep alive the flame of care and conservation of art and history. The staff of museums, archives, libraries and other collections are mobilized in a race against time to safeguard the most historically and artistically significant objects.

For decades, professional conservation and records groups have meticulously studied the potential emergencies and disasters that could threaten cultural heritage. From natural disasters such as fires, earthquakes and floods, to more complex situations such as theft, acts of terrorism or even war, each scenario has been carefully analyzed.

Assorted paintings on a red wall.

However, in the midst of these crises, insurance policies barely offer a glimmer of hope. Although they cover damage from natural tragedies, theft and even vandalism, war is excluded from their scope. Thus, the responsibility for protecting cultural heritage in times of war falls entirely on the shoulders of its custodians.

In this context, identification becomes the fundamental key to the protection of collections. Each work of art, each historical document, must be duly catalogued and inventoried. This meticulous work makes it possible to identify the most relevant pieces for the institution, not only for their economic value, but also for their cultural and symbolic significance. It is these works that will become an absolute priority in case of emergency, destined to be rescued and protected from destruction.

At SIT, with more than 60 years of experience in the handling and conservation of works of art, we offer our collaboration for the elaboration of emergency plans.

Our technical team is prepared to provide advice and suggestions for an effective evacuation of works of art in alarm situations.

Do not hesitate to contact us to protect together the valuable cultural legacy of our society, even in the most difficult moments.

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