Event Details

Understanding what attracts pests, how to prevent them, and what to do should they be found is important and useful information for anyone!

Facilitators/Trainers: Holly Cook, Preventive Conservator, Spencer & Fry

What will be covered?

This training will be presented online for a two hour duration, and will aim to cover all the basics related to understanding, identifying, and preventing pests within a museum or heritage setting.

Pests are commonly found in domestic settings across the United Kingdom, including museums and historic houses, and are capable of causing enormous damage to historic collections. Understanding what attracts pests, how to prevent them, and what to do should they be found is important and useful information for anyone involved in collections care or working in a heritage environment.

Who should attend?

This course can provide an introduction or refresher course into Insect Pest Management (IPM) to those working or volunteering in a museum and heritage environment.

Approximate session timetable:

  • What are pests and what is IPM?
  • Pest identification
  • Preventing pests
  • Dealing with an infestation
  • Implementing IPM
  • Useful resources and questions

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course you will:

  • Understand what IPM is in a heritage setting
  • Understand what attracts pests and how best to prevent them
  • Be able to ID the main pests that are commonly found in museums and heritage collections
  • Know how to respond to a pest sighting/infestation

Support towards Museum Accreditation:

Relevant accreditation section:

  • 5.2 Individual sections
  • 6.1 that are covered
  • 6.2 by the course

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More details will be sent out once you have registered for the event.

This is a joint session with South East Museum Development and Museum Development London. Please note, tickets on this page are for organisations located in the East of England* and registered within the Arts Council Accreditation Scheme. If your museum is not within these scheme and you wish to attend the training session, please email us first.*Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire (Peterborough), Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk

If you have any further questions, you may find them answered on our FAQs page.  

Terms & Conditions:

For full details of our programmes conditions, see our Terms & Conditions on our website 

By booking a place on to SHARE Museums East Training Programme, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

  • That you are from an East of England museum which is in Arts Council England’s Museum Accreditation Scheme. Where this is not applicable you acknowledge that SHARE will facilitate your attendance if availability permits and that your organisation will pay any fees which may apply.
  • It is a condition of receiving this ACE funded training that the online evaluation sent to the email address provided at the point of booking is completed by the specified deadline. This deadline is in the email notification unless a paper evaluation is specifically requested and submitted on the day of the training session.
  • By booking a place you agree that you are booking as a representative of your organisation and should you cancel your booking without sufficient notice your organisation is responsible for paying the late cancellation fee of £50.
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