Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Unit 18

Unit 18 - The Preservation of Artefacts within the Fire and Rescue Service

Unit abstract

Preservation of Fire and Rescue Service history and related artefacts allows the community to understand the reasons for its establishment and continued role within today’s society.

This unit allows learners to develop a good knowledge and understanding of the history of the Fire and Rescue Services and preservation of artefacts whilst developing a range of team and personal skills.

Learners will gain an insight into the Fire and Rescue Service, its history and artefacts. This will be achieved through participation in a variety of different activities; which will culminate in learners having the ability to demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the Fire and Rescue Service history and artefacts.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Understand what an artefact is and why they should be preserved
  • Understand how to present and display a range of artefacts

1 1 Understand what an artefact is and why they should be preserved

Artefacts: definition; different types of artefacts e.g. paper based, objects, textiles and clothing, equipment; reasons for preserving artefacts

Preservation: reasons for preservation; identification and correct handling of artefacts; different methods of preservation used by museums; factors affecting preservation including storage conditions

Damage to artefacts: damage and causes of damage; methods of repairing damage and preventing further damage to artefacts

Local conservation: locally listed or heritage buildings, monuments, museums or fire stations; preservation of local buildings

2 Understand how to present and display a range of artefacts

Curator: roles and responsibilities

Presentation of artefacts: different methods of presentation; storage conditions; venue and accessibility of artefacts; promotion of the collection of artefacts

Display techniques: methods of displaying visual/audio information; research about artefacts; use of appropriate language for target audience; producing additional resources required for different target groups i.e. children, people with disabilities and people speaking different languages

Grading Grid

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all of the learning outcomes for the unit. The criteria for a pass grade describe the level of achievement required to pass this unit.

Grading criteria
To achieve a pass grade the evidence must show that the learner is able to:
P1Explain the term artefact and the benefits of preserving them
P2Demonstrate different methods of presenting artefacts

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Essential Resources

Fire Service Manuals/Circulars:

  • Fire Services Youth Training Association-Fire and Rescue Service Manual Youth Training and Development (Stationary Office, 31st August 2004) ISBN10- 0113412932
  • Related Fire Services Circulars and where these have been superseded consideration should be given to these documents within your organisation.
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