On August 4th the museum experienced water damage due to a sprinkler head going off in the apartment above the gallery.
Museum staff and volunteers were already onsite and, once ascertaining that it was safe to be in the building, immediately began moving collections and laying down plastic sheeting and buckets. They implemented our recently approved disaster response plan, which included alerting building manager Jamie Jamison and board chair Peter Slattery. Both were onsite promptly.
Many thanks to the speedy response of the Claymont Fire Company, who arrived promptly! Fortunately, their services were not needed. A number of community members also pitched in to assist.
A local remediation company was called, and they came to the museum that evening, and, once the water stopped pouring, began the process of vacuuming and cleaning up. They also removed the damaged carpet and drywall.
Thankfully, the water only directly impacted the gallery space. Due to this and the prompt work of staff, museum volunteers, and community members the damage to the collections was negligible. Repairs will begin shortly, and we hope to welcome you back to the museum in the fall for our new exhibition Images from the Ardens: 1900-1960.
Many thanks to the museum volunteers and community members who helped out including: Jamie Jamison, Peter Slattery, Beverly Hawkins, Lindsey Sherwood, Liz Jones-Minsinger, Keith Minsinger, and Barbara Macklem.
The Past Has a Future in The Ardens