IFLA Risk Register

for Documentary Cultural Heritage

Interior view of the Holland House in Kensington, London after bombing (1940)
Photo: flickr

Culture is a basic need.  A community thrives through its cultural heritage, it dies without it.

The importance of cultural heritage to a community, and the significance of preservation of information and knowledge to expanding society’s knowledge base are embedded in IFLA's Strategic Plan. IFLA has a long term commitment in this field, and as part of its Key Initiatives has developed a register of documentary cultural heritage collections and information resources in areas at risk from natural disasters or conflict, with the broader aim of compatibility with Blue Shield and UNESCO activities in this area.

One of IFLA’s goal is to pinpoint unique, irreplaceable documentary heritage collections of value to a region, but also to the world so that in the event of a man-made or natural disaster; such information will help secure their safety. Similar registers exist already for museums (provided by ICOM) and monuments (provided by ICOMOS).

The IFLA Risk Register will gather information from institutions, individuals and communities holding documentary heritage. The information will not be made publicly available and will be treated as strictly confidential. IFLA will make it accessible to the Blue Shield partners and UNESCO in order for them to guarantee swift response if needed.

Questions? Please contact us at cultural.heritage@ifla.org.

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Cultural heritage, Risk Register

Last update: 15 October 2015

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