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