Please read our updates and practical guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for South West museums.

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.

This project is open to organisations whether they are planning to open this year or not. For further details, email Helena Jaeschke at [email protected]

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

Eligibility Criteria:

There will be places for 150 Pest Partners – museums, historic buildings, galleries and privately owned heritage collections, as long as they meet 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 will provide 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 will receive 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 there will be 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 your collection and building in future, and include ways to train paid and volunteer staff.

Each Pest Partner heritage site will commit 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

For further details and to apply for a Pest Partners’ Registration Pack, email Helena Jaeschke at [email protected]


Pest Partners How-to Guide Videos

Are you a Pest Partner who has received a monitoring kit? Watch our helpful How-to videos to get you started.