In 2021 the arts, antiquities, and cultural heritage sectors had been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. The ability to maintain and protect collections and venues was made harder due to safety restrictions, the loss of revenue, having to operate with reduced staff, and limited opening times. As a result, the IAASF Management Team decided to host a two-day special event to provide advice & guidance about the security and safety risks that exist, and sensible approaches to proactively manage and reduce them. Hosted in Darlington, the conference had speakers travelling from across the UK to share their expertise with our attendees.
IAASF 2017 attracted new and exciting speakers, alongside our returning speakers who are experts within their fields and who want to share their experiences with attendees. Held in the Olympia Exhibition Centre, London, the two-day programme included speakers from around the world as well as excellent networking opportunities.
In 2016, at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, we had some excellent international speakers who shared their knowledge and expertise with attendees. Fantastic feedback was received relating to the content of the presentations and the quality of speakers. The presentations enabled everybody to take away a deeper and more meaningful understanding of the security issues that exist.