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A Topical Solution to Tropical Museum Pest Control

Sully, Dean; Man-Yee, Liu; Swee-Mun, Lee; (2001) A Topical Solution to Tropical Museum Pest Control. In: KIngsley, Helen and Pinniger, David and Xavier-Row, Amber and Winsor, Peter, (eds.) Integrated Pest Management for Collections: Proceedings of 2001 - A Pest Odyssey. (pp. pp. 57-63). Routledge: Oxfordshire, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

At the National Heritage Board of Singapore, an approach to pest control management in the museums' collections has developed along side the relocation of existing stored collections to a new purpose built storage building. This process of relocation provided an ideal opportunity to tackle the prevailing levels of insect activity within the museums' stored collections. The occupation of this new building has enabled staff at the Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC), to instigate an approach to Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which has proven to be effective in establishing and maintaining low levels of insect activity. This has evolved into a two-tiered approach. The new storage collection building is managed within a rigorously applied IPM framework. This ensures maximum control where the greatest risk occur, whilst concurrently a more adaptive IPM policy is maintained in the Museum Buildings themselves. Here, the risks of pest activity have been balanced in response to the different uses of the buildings, changing curatorial use of the collections and the level of available conservation resources. Therefore, pest control and the consequent risks to the collections have had to be balanced against other museological and commercial requirements. This report will review the IPM strategy for the storage facility in relation to that applied to the other museum buildings. It will discuss the need for pest control strategies to be appropriate to the developing needs of the Institution.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: A Topical Solution to Tropical Museum Pest Control
Event: A Pest Odyssey. Intergrated Pest Management for Collections
ISBN-13: 9781902916279
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.routledge.com/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Environment, collections care, insects, integrated pest management (IPM), storage, tropics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10160747
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