Integrated Pest Management

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Outline of the Day

The aim of this skills sharing day is to introduce participants to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and to demonstrate how all staff play a role in protecting the Museum’s collections from pest damage.

This skills sharing day is for people working or volunteering within the museum and heritage sector who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of what an IPM monitoring programme involves, how pest risks can be identified and how to confidently identify the key pests that threaten a Museum’s collections.

Important Note:

The British Museum’s National Partnerships skills sharing activity is grant funded to allow us to offer free training for museum staff for non-commercial use. These sessions are available only to those working in a paid or volunteer role in museums, galleries and heritage organisations with collections.

We regret that the following are not eligible to apply for this training:

  • students / those on study placements

  • independent consultants

  • conservation studios

  • those working or volunteering at the British Museum

These courses are proving extremely popular, and places are therefore limited to:

  • a maximum of two places per organisation for one skills sharing session.

  • a maximum of three sessions per individual, per year.

We encourage you to share your learning with colleagues in your workplace so that we can all achieve the maximum impact from these sessions.

Programme of events:

09.30 Arrive at the British Museum

09.45 Collection from the Info Desk in the Great Court

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and Introductions

10:10 – 13:00 Classroom session

  • How to identify pest risks

  • IPM Monitoring programs

  • How to prevent pests

  • How to deal with pests

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch (not provided)

14:00 – 16:00 Practical session

  • How to identify pests

  • Pest identification

16:00 Finish

By the end of the day participants will:

What is involved in establishing and operating an IPM monitoring programme.

How pest activity can be inhibited by effective design and procedures.

What treatment options are available.

What the keys pests are and how to identify them.

Travel bursary:

There are a number of travel bursaries available for each skills sharing session. Bursaries are subject to availability and must be requested as soon as possible, no later than 2 weeks before the date of the session. If you wish to apply please email

This skills sharing session is part of the British Museum’s National Partnerships skills sharing activity, and has been made possible through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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