About Us

The Rapid Response Network is a membership organisation working together to improve emergency planning and preparedness, for the benefit of public access collections and heritage in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

In return for a modest subscription, we provide our members with free development and training opportunities and access to shared emergency equipment and materials.

Our members share best practice, information and expertise. The network is run voluntarily by a group of heritage professionals, including conservators.

How you can help

If you can offer an area of expertise, or are prepared to help with committee services or training, we would always be pleased to hear from you.

Please make contact through admin@rapidresponsenetwork.org.uk - and we will forward your information to the relevant committee member.


The RRN is run voluntarily by a group of professionals from museums, libraries and archives. It is entirely dependent on members’ subscriptions which provide an annual income of just under £2,000. This is used to purchase public liability insurance, provide PAT testing of equipment and contract freelance professionals (as appropriate) to help develop and support the RRN’s mission.

The RRN committee develops and implements the RRN’s strategy; organises kit-based training on emergency preparedness at kit sites, which include Beverley, Northallerton, Shipley and Elsecar, near Barnsley; facilitates delivery of at least one members’ meeting and seminar annually and keeps members updated through Twitter (@YorksRRN) and a quarterly newsletter.

As a member your contact details are kept for subscription purposes and mailings from the group. Your details are shared in the members’ section of the website, so if you prefer not to be accessible in this way then please let us know in writing.

Benefits of Membership

We currently have 5 emergency equipment stores in the Yorkshire and Humber region, containing materials and tools for disasters and clean-up, another location is under way.

Please note that during the COVID-19 outbreak, PAT-testing may not be up to date and it will be up to any users to ensure the equipment is safe before use. Be also aware that with many venues closed, the kits may be harder to obtain access to.

1. Beverley
2. Shipley
3. Elsecar, near Barnsley
4. Temporarily Unavailable
5. Northallerton

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Emergency Kit Contents

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Updated Mar 2018

Andrew Gill

Middleton Railway Trust

Emma Bowron

Leeds Museums & Galleries

Rachael Bowers

Lancaster City Museum

Josh Halsall-Allan

Leeds University Library

Emily Coulthard

Thackray Medical Museum

Rebecca McGrath

Thackray Medical Museum

Paula Martin

Harewood House

Nienke van Doorn

York Archaeological Trust

Joining the RRN committee gave me valuable opportunities for professional development which would not otherwise have been easy to get in my role at the time. Being involved in a project to redesign the website was a particularly useful experience, and a great addition to my CV.

Katherine Coussement - University of Bradford Library
RRN Committee Member 2015–2017