Protecting Precious Memories

Protecting Precious Memories

Two Ridings Community Foundation

2017 - 2017


The Protecting Precious Memories project is an initiative funded by the Two Ridings Community Foundation to help ease the suffering of those affected by flooding and other natural disasters.

It follows the work the Foundation undertook in York in the aftermath of the Boxing Day Floods of 2015, including their support to the re-imagining of York Archaeological Trust’s JORVIK Viking Centre.

Experts from YAT are now helping people to protect their ‘star objects’ like wedding photos, jewellery or a letter of significance in a time of crisis. We may live in a digital age, where the majority of photographs taken are on your Smartphone and memories are shared on a screen but there are still those precious items in our homes that we treasure beyond anything else.

YAT’s conservation team are experts in dealing with preserving artefacts, especially those that are water logged; drying them out and getting them in a condition to be preserved so they can be viewed and enjoyed for years to come. It is these skills and the knowledge they possess about keeping items safe from harm that they are keen to share at special workshop days open to all.

As well as the workshops, the Community team at YAT have produced a toolkit, that when completed will allow people to make a plan to keep irreplaceable memories protected at a time of crisis, such as a flood. Users will also be able to react quickly if those objects are damaged and know how best to salvage them.

View the toolkit.

About Two Ridings Community Foundation

Two Ridings Community Foundation is one of 46 community foundations in the UK with the shared aim of helping individuals, families, entrepreneurs, companies, charitable trusts and public sector bodies connect with, support and invest in their local communities across the UK. They address a wide range of issues and provide funding to the hardest to reach communities through ‘grassroots’ charities and community groups.

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