Museum pests workshop – July 2019 – Sydney

Modified Atmospheres is pleased to invite you to attend a workshop on Museum Pests – Integrated Pest Management for Museums & Galleries.

The workshop will be held on Friday 26 July at our premises at 110 Bourke Road, Alexandria (opposite The Grounds).


The damage to artefacts by pests can range from defacement on the surface of works to the total destruction of objects.

The Museum Pests Workshop provides an excellent overview of museum pests and damage. The workshop also gives valuable information about approaches to control pests and preventive measures that can be used to reduce pest problems.

International expert Alex Roach will introduce key museum pests, practical methods of reducing pest infestations, low/non-toxic means of eradicating pests, and solutions for the long-term storage of artefacts.

The workshop is recommended for staff from museums, galleries and libraries, or any institution responsible for the safekeeping of cultural material. The workshop will be of particular benefit to people working on conservation, building/facilities management, or collections management.

  • Pest damage to paper
    Pest damage to paper

There will be opportunities for attendees to gain hands-on experience and to discuss particular problems encountered in their own institutions.

And as always, participants are welcome to stay afterwards for a casual drink and networking.

Program outline

  • Museum pests and damage: A look at several important museum pests and the damage caused
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Preventive measures and strategies to make the environment less desirable to pests (includes pheromone and blunder traps, insecticides, application equipment and chemical methods used to control pests)
  • Non-toxic methods of fumigation: A look at non-toxic fumigation methods including freezing, oxygen scavengers, and the treatment of large objects using nitrogen. This will include a demonstration of non-toxic fumigation with oxygen scavengers and nitrogen.

Places are limited to 12 participants. To reserve your place, please fill out this form and an invoice will be sent to you for payment.

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