'The museum must have plans to help deliver improvements to collections care and conservation in line with the collections care and conservation policy.' (Accreditation standard, October 2011)

Environmental monitoring in museums

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.5 Care and Conservation Plan, ‘The museum must have plans to help deliver improvements to collections care and conservation in line with the collections care and conservation policy.’ This advice sheet from Museums Galleries Scotland defines the concept of environmental monitoring in museums and explains why it […]

Insect pests found in historic houses poster

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A very useful identification poster from English Heritage with magnified photographs of a selection of the insect pests most commonly found in museums and historic houses in the UK. Accessibility If you need multiple copies of this poster or require an alternative, accessible version of this document (for instance in audio, Braille or large print) […]

Pest Management: A Practical Guide

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Pest Management: A Practical Guide is the essential first stop for anyone wishing to implement an effective pest management programme. For those with no previous experience of pest management this practical guide presents the basics clearly and concisely, and for those with more experience it provides an easy-reference guide to good pest management practice. It is […]

Museumpests.net

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In the past, pest management in museums and other collection holding institutions often involved regular applications of toxic chemicals to collection areas and actual collections. Health and safety concerns have led institutions to move away from this approach in favour of preventive and protective measures that are not based on chemicals. This strategy involves numerous […]

What's eating your collection?

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Developed by Birmingham Museums in partnership with the Collections Trust, What’s Eating Your Collection? is a website to help you understand what integrated pest management is, how to carry it out and how it can help you in your museum. It will also help you to identify the insects that you find and show you […]

Pest fact sheet 12: Guernsey carpet beetle

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of the Guernsey carpet beetle should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on […]

Pest fact sheet 10: Spider beetles

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of Spider beetles should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on this page […]

Pest fact sheet 9: Booklice

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of Booklice should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on this page will […]

Pest fact sheet 8: Silverfish

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of Silverfish should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on this page will […]

Pest fact sheet 7: Biscuit beetle

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of the Biscuit beetle should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on this […]

Pest fact sheet 6: Cluster flies

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of Cluster flies should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on this page […]

Pest fact sheet 5: Case-bearing clothes moth

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of the Case-bearing clothes moth should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on […]

Pest fact sheet 4: Webbing clothes moth

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of the Webbing clothes moth should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on this […]

Pest fact sheet 3: Death Watch beetle

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of the Death Watch beetle should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on […]

ICON, the Institute of Conservation

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.6 Care and Conservation Plan, ‘The museum must have plans to help deliver improvements to collections care and conservation in line with the collections care and conservation policy.’ ICON, the Institute of Conservation, is the lead voice for the conservation of cultural heritage in the UK. It […]

Successful collection care

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This resource is aimed at independent museums, although relevant to all museums, and is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.6 Care and Conservation Plan, ‘The museum must have plans to help deliver improvements to collections care and conservation in line with the collections care and conservation policy.’ This guide, created by the Association of Independent […]

Insuring museum collections

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This How To Guide, published by Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service in partnership with the Collections Trust, is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.6 Care and Conservation Plan, ‘The museum must have plans to help deliver improvements to collections care and conservation in line with the collections care and conservation policy.’ It provides a broad summary […]

Packing museum objects

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This How To Guide, published by Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service in partnership with the Collections Trust, is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.6 Care and Conservation Plan, ‘The museum must have plans to help deliver improvements to collections care and conservation in line with the collections care and conservation policy.’ This guide provides an […]

How to assess and manage risk in collections care

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.6 Care and Conservation Plan, ‘The museum must have plans to help deliver improvements to collections care and conservation in line with the collections care and conservation policy.’ This publication, developed by Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, SHARE Museums East and the Collections Trust, provides an introduction […]

An introduction to environmental monitoring

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This resource from SHARE Museums East is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.6 Care and Conservation Plan, ‘The museum must have plans to help deliver improvements to collections care and conservation in line with the collections care and conservation policy.’ It provides an introduction to environmental monitoring and outlines how to identify your museum’s environmental requirements. […]

Condition reporting crib sheet

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This resource from SHARE Museums East is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.6 Care and Conservation Plan, ‘The museum must have plans to help deliver improvements to collections care and conservation in line with the collections care and conservation policy.’ It provides a step-by-step approach to collections condition reporting. Clicking the link on this page will open […]

Developing a collections management framework

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.6 Care and Conservation Plan, ‘The museum must have plans to help deliver improvements to collections care and conservation in line with the collections care and conservation policy.’ The guidance and template in this resource, created by the South Western Federation of Museums and Galleries, are for Museum […]

Care and conservation plan template

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This resource is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.6 Care and Conservation Plan, ‘The museum must have plans to help deliver improvements to collections care and conservation in line with the collections care and conservation policy.’ This model plan from South Western Federation of Museums and Galleries has been developed to guide museums through the […]

Plan and prioritise for collections care

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This guide, published by Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service in partnership with the Collections Trust, is related to the Accreditation Standard 2.6 Care and Conservation Plan, ‘The museum must have plans to help deliver improvements to collections care and conservation in line with the collections care and conservation policy.’ Collections care planning involves analysing and […]

Pest fact sheet 1: Varied carpet beetle

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of the varied carpet beetle should your collection become affected by pests. Included below are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Latin name: […]