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Pest Partners is our project, aiming to help you identify, monitor and manage pests in your heritage collections.

supported by historic englandThe Pest Partners project is continuing throughout 2021. The project was launched in 2020, with funding from Historic England, to support museums and heritage organisations to care for their collections.

The closures imposed by COVID-19 have coincided with the period when pests are most active. This project will help you trap, track and identify pest activity and manage infestations. It will give guidance on planning for better prevention and pest management in the future. As a Pest Partner, we will provide you with a free Monitoring & ID Kit and a free Quarantine & Cleaning Pack.

The Museum Life of Pests

Take a look at our 5 minute animation to help museums and other heritage organisations protect their collections by developing pest management plans, called Integrated Pest Management.

This animation, populated by fun pest characters, is packed with information but provides an easy way to get to grips with the actions museums need to take to protect our heritage.

About Pest Partners

Project aims:

  1. Raise awareness of the problems collections face with pests
  2. Increase confidence and enthusiasm in staff and volunteers for identifying pests and dealing with them
  3. Encourage links between local entomologists and collections
  4. Provide valuable data for scientific research, in the spread and variety of pest infestations and climate change
  5. Find ways of improving our protection of collections

Pest Partner Organisations

Places were available for 150 Pest Partners – museums, historic buildings, galleries and privately owned heritage collections, as long as they met BOTH of the following criteria:

  • Are in the South West of England as defined by the Office of National Statistics (OSN)
  • Have a collection which is open to the public.

Organisations do not have to be Accredited, or Working Towards Accreditation, a charity or not-for-profit.

We provided free trapping and identification kits to help assess the scale and variety of pests that may be threatening collections and further supplies for quarantine and cleaning where needed.

Organisations received guidance on:

  • Where and how to place the traps and monitor them
  • How to identify and record the pests found in the traps (and elsewhere)
  • How to spot possible pest damage
  • How to create a plan of actions to deal with any infestations

Throughout the project we continue to provide a helpline for advice, as well as guidance and training to help museums decide what to do and how to do it.

Partners will receive continued support, as well as guidance on creating a longer term Integrated Pest Management Plan. This will help protect collections and buildings in the future, and include ways to train paid and volunteer staff.

Each Pest Partner heritage site committed to:

  • Signing a simple Charter expressing their commitment to the project until the end of 2021
  • Using the kits provided to monitor and identify pests in their site
  • Sending in the data on the pests they have found once a month until November 2021, using the simple online form provided
  • Allowing the pest data to be analysed, mapped and published for scientific use

Save The Museum Cards

As part of the Pest Partners project, we created ‘Save the Museum’, a card game currently being used by our Pest Partner museums and heritage sites across the South West to help ID and treat pesky museum pests! For more details on the cards please get in touch

Two red playing cards

Pest Partners How-to Guide Videos

Are you a Pest Partner who has received a monitoring kit? Or a museum wanting some guidance on monitoring pests? Watch our helpful How-to videos to get you started.