Preventive Conservation

Case study 1- Development and implementation of Integrated Pest Management

From 2012-2016 I held the role of IPM co-ordinator at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. It was my duty to design, implement and maintain an IPM program for the entire museum. This involved:

  • Assessing all areas of the museum to understand needs of collections and condition of building

  • Researching existing IPM techniques & writing of policy to include advice on house-keeping, treatment of infestations and outline staff responsibilities

  • Trapping and monitoring of pest activity & sharing results with all staff quarterly

  • Staff and volunteer training sessions on preventive IPM measures and pest ID

Figure 1- Microscope identification of Booklouse caught on blunder trap

Figure 2- Example of Webbing Clothes moth on pheromone trap

Figure 3- Damage to specimens by carpet betle larvae

Case study 2- Writing a Best Practice document for Food Management in Museums

In 2015, I co-authored a piece of research writing a Best Practice document for the management of food in museums. The document aimed to bring together the needs of collections with that of food services to prevent potential conservation issues. This document has since been adopted by many museums internationally seeking to build their own policy on Food Management. The document was presented at several conferences in 2016, including AIC, CAC and the American Association of Museums and is published through the SPNHC Wiki ( and SPNHC Collections Forum 2016 ( It can also be found through the 'Connecting to Collections' webinar series (

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