WATCH | Cape fires: Volunteers come together to save valuable materials at UCT | News24

Volunteers from across the city have joined forces at the University of Cape Town to restore academic resources damaged after a fire last month.

2021-05-06 03:47:00 PM

Volunteers from across the city have joined forces at the University of Cape Town to restore academic resources damaged after a fire last month. | gibbings_amy

Volunteers from across the city have joined forces at the University of Cape Town to restore academic resources damaged after a fire last month.

Mary Minicka, head of preservation at the Western Cape Archives & Records Service, told News24 the documents were either wrapped for freezing or air dried.  "One of the big tools that we use in disaster response is to freeze documents. That stops the progression of the damage that water causes to documents which buys us valuable time to then think about how we're going to process these documents," she said.

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WATCH |Capetonians donate food, water to firefighters on the frontlineIsabelle McGinn, who lectures at the University of Pretoria, said although it was a tragedy, it also allowed for collaboration between conservators from across the country who usually work in isolation. 

"Even though it is a tragedy and there's a lot of material that is probably lost or unaccounted for at this point, there's a lot of good that can come from it in caring for our cultural material in a more general sense," she added.Did you know you can comment on this article? headtopics.com

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