When disaster strikes

In a post 9/11 climate, preparation in the face of an emergency is an integral part of government administration and has entered the imagination of the national psyche. But what is it that we should be protecting? What for example constitutes a national treasure or cultural heritage? And what makes it so valuable that taxpayer's money needs to be used to keep it safe? And then if that wasn't a co
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Flood. Fire. Tsunami. War. Attack. What curator has not feared a catastrophic event that could obliterate centures of painstaking collection development? In a post 9/11 climate, preparation for emergency has become integral to government administration and entered the national psyche.

But what is it that we should be protecting? What constitutes a national treasure or cultural heritage? And what makes it so valuable that taxpayer’s money needs to be used to keep it safe? And having made these decisions and come to the conclusion that this cultural treasure should be protected, what can be done to safeguard a country’s cultural heritage? And finally what is actually being done?

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Craig Scutt
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Craig Scutt is a freelance author, journalist, and writer.