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Pests in Museums

16th March at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A view across a desk on which lies a mobile phone, books, cup of coffee and someone in a white t shirt and blue shirt is writing in a notepad.

This free training session will look at the problem of pests in the museum. Types of pests and the damage they cause will be illustrated. The importance of monitoring and identifying pests will be discussed, as well as ways to plan to protect the collection.


Who should attend?

This session is suitable for volunteers and staff working with a museum collection in Cornwall who want to know what pests can cause damage in the museum and how to protect their collections. No previous knowledge or experience of pest management is needed.


Attendees will learn:

  • What kind of pests commonly attack collections
  • How to use traps to monitor for pests and identify them
  • What to do if they find an object is infested
  • Ways to protect their museum and collection from pests
  • The importance of Integrated Pest Management in their museum


Session Leader:

Helena Jaeschke is an accredited conservator with a degree in archaeological conservation and more than 40 years’ experience working with museums and collections in the UK and overseas. She is the Conservation Development Officer for South West Museum Development, supporting museums across the region in all aspects of collection care and conservation.



2:00 pm Welcome and expectations for the session
2:05 What kind of pests are a problem in museums? What do they do?
2:25 Practical on identifying pests
2:35 How can we monitor for pests?
2:45 Dealing with infested objects
3:00 Comfort Break – 10 minutes
3:10 What do we do if we find pests?
3:25 Integrated Pest Management
3:50 Questions and Discussion
4:00 Finish
Powerpoint handout and information will be sent out after the session


Zoom joining instructions will be sent out the week before the session.

Places are limited to 2 attendees per organisation. Please email stephanie@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk to join the waitlist if the session is fully booked.



16th March
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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