Collaborative approaches to Integrated Pest Management in Museums, Galleries and Historic sites will be explored in this session. Australian conservators Rehan Scharenguivel (they/them) and Jessie Gray (she/her) will share their separate institutional experiences in collaborating with commercial operators and Amber Xavier-Rowe will provide an update to “Operation Cloths Moth” from English Heritage. We have also created a survey to better understand the state of IPM in our organisations. Link will be shared shortly.
Rehan Scharenguivel and Jessica Gray presentation summary:
Moist heat chambers allow for the ability to control the humidity of the chamber as it heats up, this greatly reduces the risk of damage to the material while eliminating pests. The presentation will discuss the heat treatment methodologies and outline the collaboration between the Australian Museum and a quarantine company in Sydney to conduct a heat treatment. A second example will be given by the Museum of Applied Arts and Science which also chose this methodology for their incoming material. The presentation will look at knowledge sharing and collaboration between organisations as a way of building IPM knowledge in Australia.
Amber Xavier Rowe presentation summary:
Insect Pest Management (IPM) has been established for over 25 years at English Heritage Trust a charity responsible for the care and presentation of over 400 sites and a million associated objects. Collections are present in 136 historic houses, castles, churches, museums and stores across England. IPM consisting of insect pest monitoring using traps at 70 sites with vulnerable collections, targeted cleaning and treatment using low toxicity insecticides, heat and freezing, has successfully mitigated the risk of damage from insect pests. We have been able to share our expertise and experience in effective IPM through the EHT poster Insect Pests in Historic Houses and Museums (3 rd edition recently published, available free and downloadable ) and our book Insect Pests in Houses Great and Small available at Amazon and the EHT website. This talk will share the key steps to establishing a successful long-term IPM programme using practical examples and case studies. It will also touch on our experience of raising the public profile of IPM and preventive conservation through the ‘Operation Clothes Moth’ campaign.
Thursday 22 July 2021
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