Register for the Introduction to Integrated Pest Management for Cultural Heritage Collections Workshop

Registration is currently open and a few spots remain for the upcoming IPM workshop to be held February 24-25, 2020 in New York City.  


The fee for the two-day workshop is $375. Payment can be made online via the Insects Limited Website’s online store. Precise meeting location information will be supplied upon registration.


Preventing damage from pests is an essential task in the responsible management of all collections. Implementing an appropriate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan is the best way to prevent infestations from taking root and to deal with any problems in a safe and effective manner. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to IPM after which participants should be able to assess appropriate options for their institutions and collections in areas of policy and procedures, preventing infestations, trapping and monitoring, and remedial treatment. Basics of pest identification will be taught. This workshop is designed to:

  • Introduce the various elements of an IPM program.
  • Identify ways in which pests gain access to collections.
  • Start a discussion on appropriate IPM policy statements and procedure documents
  • Provide an understanding of how a pest monitoring program can be implemented to reveal pest activity.
  • Teach identification techniques for some of the most common and harmful museum pests.
  • Discuss a range of remedial treatments for infested collections and the pros and cons of some of these treatments.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the stakeholders in their institutions who must be involved in setting up a successful IPM plan.
  • Understand what policies and procedures set the groundwork for successful implementation of an IPM plan.
  • Survey the building envelope and collection areas to identify areas vulnerable to entry and infestation.
  • Determine what kinds of traps can be used to monitor collections areas and where they should be placed.
  • Identify some of the most common museum pests.
  • Understand the range of options for remedial treatment of pest infestations.
  • Locate appropriate resources, including web sites, texts, articles, and expert colleagues.


Pat Kelley the President of Insects Limited, has over 30 years of experience in professional pest management. He is a Board Certified Entomologist with a MS in Entomology from the University of Nebraska. He currently heads the IPM strategies for several large museums and is a consultant to the museum industry on pest management issues performing training and lecturing for museums and historic houses all around the United States and Europe. He is the Chair of the Identification Aids subgroup for the MuseumPests Working Group and co-author of a chapter on Pheromones in the Mallis Handbook of Pest Control, 10th Ed. 

Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a conservator at A.M. Art Conservation, LLC a private practice in the New York area. She has held positions at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), and the Peabody Museum of Art & Archaeology, amongst others. Rachael began working on IPM issues on the NMAI Move Project and its extensive pest management program in 2001-2004. This experience led to becoming a founding member and, since 2008, Co-Chair of the MuseumPests Working Group. She consults and teaches on IPM and treats infested artifacts. 

Robert E (Bob) Child Memorial

Robert E. Child – Memorial

December 18, 2019

It is a great loss to the MuseumPest group and the greater museum community as a whole that Robert E. (Bob) Child passed away earlier this week. Bob served as the Chief Conservator for the National Museum and Galleries of Wales for many years. His intimate working knowledge with collections and conservation led him to becoming a champion for integrated pest management in museums and historic houses. Bob got his bachelor’s degree from the University of Exceter and was trained as a chemist. He was originally a research chemist for the oil industry. During his career as a conservator, he was a fellow of the international Institute for Conservation and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was a visiting lecturer at the University of Wales, University of Durham, the Institute of Archaeology, ICCROM and the Science Museum.

Through his work on collections care, Bob gained respect and a wealth of knowledge on pest related issues in museums. This led him to being an advisor on pest control to the National Trust and an advisor on preventive conservation to English Heritage. Bob worked closely with the entomologist Dave Pinniger on many different museum pest studies over the years. Bob formed his own company, Historyonics, which allowed him to continue his consultation following his career with the National Museum and Galleries of Wales. Bob was free to share his knowledge on pest related issues with the museum community and did so through ongoing workshops and lectures at all of the large international IPM conferences such as 2001 & 2010: A Pest Odyssey, the 2004 Fumigants & Pheromones Conference in Copenhagen,  the IPM 2016 in Paris and most recently Bob shared his insight on pesticide regulations with the group during the IPM 2019 in Stockholm.

Bob Child was known to be an industry leader in museum IPM and his keen sense of humor and quick wit made him a joy to listen to during his presentations as well as when sharing a pint in the pub after the conference. He will be missed by all but we thank him for all that he has done for the MuseumPest community.

Robert E. (Bob) Child, left with Dave Pinniger (center) and Pat Kelley, right at the IPM 2019 conference in Stockholm in May of 2019

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