About the Event
This workshop will cover both pest management and object labelling. The first half of the workshop will improve participants’ general awareness of the damage insects and other pests can cause to collections and show how all staff can help to prevent serious damage. It will also suggest how museum professionals can implement good procedures such as object quarantine and a pest monitoring and management programme to achieve responsible collections management.
The second half will provide specialist training in object labelling for collections staff who work with objects on a regular basis, with reference to current museum standards for labelling and marking objects. Practical advice will be offered on how best to identify object needs in terms of marking and labelling.
The workshop will concentrate on offering practical advice, sharing National Museums Scotland’s practice through case studies and providing information on sources and networks for further advice. There will be time throughout the day to meet colleagues and share information.
Participants are welcome from any type of collecting organisation. The course is not aimed at staff with in-depth knowledge of the subject areas. Priority will be given to staff members who can immediately implement the knowledge gained in their organisation.
Participants should gain knowledge of:
- How to identify common insect pests
- How to recognise and respond to an insect problem
- How to prevent insect infestation
- How and why to quarantine objects
- Using the most appropriate method to label different museum objects
- Choosing the correct materials to label museum objects
- Best practice standards used by museums