Immediate response to London College of Fashion
Document SOS Ltd provided a rapid response when the London College of Fashion reported that some of its special collection had been damaged in a flood. Karen Ellis-Rees, Learning Resources Manager at LCF was impressed by the speed of the response and professionalism of the Document SOS team. Trained conservators arrived on site and within a day had brought 25 crates of material back to be freeze vacuum dried, and further material for select air drying.
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Historical and Valuable Collections
Post disaster

Disaster Plan Support
Should a fire or flood occur involving priceless books, works of art, antiques, and ephemera (stamps, comics, magazines etc ) it is then imperative to act quickly.

We will remove damaged and vulnerable items in a precise and methodical manner from the disaster site using specialised packing materials, crates and transportation, to a controlled, secure environment to halt any on-going damage or deterioration

Document SOS is the only company of trained Paper Conservators who offer a Conservation Based Recovery Service which is entirely different to general removal or disaster recovery organisations.

On arrival at our Operations Base a Disaster Assessment will be carried out to evaluate the damage incurred to items to ensure appropriate stabilising treatment and storage are applied.

A full report is made to include recommendations for disaster recovery measures, conservation treatments and costs. This can be submitted to insurers / clients for approval. Meanwhile the items in question will be held in secure stable storage conditions whilst awaiting instructions.

The recovery process is two-fold:
  1. to apply disaster recovery techniques to reverse the immediate damage to the material i.e. drying, sewage decontamination, smoke removal glass peppering etc
  2. conservation treatment to recover the item aesthetically and structurally

Many historic houses and private collectors have disaster plans in place but have no provision for transport and damage mitigation or restoration.

Document SOS also has a strong alliance partnership with accredited conservators of other materials such as porcelain and china, furniture, jewellery, fans, toys, textiles etc..

Before a disaster

We can help you compile a disaster recovery plan tailored to your collections and building access - see Disaster Recovery and Restoration

We highly recommend a Simulated Disaster Recovery exercise especially with old buildings that may have difficult exit points or are in remote locations. Please see Training for more information.

Who should join?
Museums, Galleries, Private and Public Historic Houses and Buildings, Private Collections, Auction Houses, Libraries

To join click here on 24/7 Disaster Response Membership
For more information please give us a call on 0207 233 6006 or email us