“BUGS”

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Heritage organisations are responsible for the safe keeping of their collections, but did you know that one of our greatest threats is from insects which love to eat them? 

Follow the blog to find out how we protect our collections by identifying the most vulnerable (munchable) objects, how we protect them with good storage, and what we need to do in case they are infested or damaged. 

In this series of seven audio tracks, hear from our preventive conservators and pest management experts about how we’re always working to keep the collection safe from the damage caused by pests.

Integrated Pest Management manager Adrian Doyle on IPM at the British Museum
https://soundcloud.com/britishmuseum/01-adrian-doyle-introduction/s-ZnD0w?in=britishmuseum/sets/the-british-museum-ipm-blog-bugs/s-rUsW8

Left to right: Monique Pullan, Adrian Doyle, Sophie Rowe, Emily Farrell, Fabiana Portoni

 

Conservator Monique Pullan on the Great Court
https://soundcloud.com/britishmuseum/02-monique-pullan-the-great/s-iL6tN?in=britishmuseum/sets/the-british-museum-ipm-blog-bugs/s-rUsW8

Totem poles in the Great Court

 

Conservator Sophie Rowe on New Zealand objects
https://soundcloud.com/britishmuseum/03-sophie-rowe-new-zealand/s-QMEHX?in=britishmuseum/sets/the-british-museum-ipm-blog-bugs/s-rUsW8

Left to right: A. Sarnicus adults, A. Sarnicus larvae, A. Smirnovae adults

 

 Conservator Fabiana Portoni on African masks
https://soundcloud.com/britishmuseum/04-fabiana-portoni-african/s-lTy2h?in=britishmuseum/sets/the-british-museum-ipm-blog-bugs/s-rUsW8

A woodborer-damaged floorboard

 

Conservator Monique Pullan on African textiles
https://soundcloud.com/britishmuseum/05-monique-pullan-african/s-vSUft?in=britishmuseum/sets/the-british-museum-ipm-blog-bugs/s-rUsW8

Textiles in the Africa Gallery

 

Conservator Sophie Rowe on North American textiles
https://soundcloud.com/britishmuseum/06-sophie-rowe-north-america/s-sMNBC?in=britishmuseum/sets/the-british-museum-ipm-blog-bugs/s-rUsW8

Textiles in the North America Gallery

 

Conservator Monique Pullan on the Larrakitj poles at the Museum
https://soundcloud.com/britishmuseum/07-monique-pullan-larrakitj/s-R3bfz?in=britishmuseum/sets/the-british-museum-ipm-blog-bugs/s-rUsW8

Larrakitj poles

 

Conservator Fabiana Portoni on the mask from Torres Strait Island
https://soundcloud.com/britishmuseum/08-fabiana-portoni-australia/s-FT8Ah?in=britishmuseum/sets/the-british-museum-ipm-blog-bugs/s-rUsW8

Torres Strait Island mask

 

IPM manager Adrian Doyle on the new Hotung Gallery of China and Southeast Asia
https://soundcloud.com/britishmuseum/09-adrian-doyle-the-hotung/s-fl3Ey?in=britishmuseum/sets/the-british-museum-ipm-blog-bugs/s-rUsW8

The Hotung Gallery of China and Southeast Asia

 

Thank you to Science Communications masters’ student Emily Farrell who worked with us to produce this blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

organics

As conservators of organic artefacts we work on a wide variety of objects from the Museum’s archaeological, historic and contemporary collections. The types of objects we are regularly working on range therefore from basketry, bark cloths, wooden sculptures, textiles, Asian lacquered objects, paintings on canvas and wooden substrates but also human and animal remains, just to name a few.