Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Cultural Property

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • recognize and identify organisms that are detrimental to the longevity of collections,
  • decide how to respond to the discovery of pests from a suite of options and
  • assess cultural property for pest risks and propose an IPM plan to mitigate them.

Target audience

Staff and volunteers of cultural facilities who are responsible for the physical integrity, research or exhibition of collections of cultural property, all of which are harmed by pest activity.

Teaching and learning methods

This workshop uses a mix of short talks with illustrative examples to introduce concepts, several participant exercises and group activities with summary presentations. It supplements the IPM approach in CCI's Technical Bulletin 29 Combatting Pests of Cultural Property.


Identification of pests

Identify pests and their capacity to endanger objects and evade control.

Responding to pests

Evaluate effective ways to reduce pest numbers through specific control methods available to heritage professionals and the risks these methods may pose to collections.

Designing an IPM plan

Balance the need to mitigate the damage caused by pests against the constraints imposed by the object and the institution's resources upon proposed solutions.


Tom Strang



Enrollment limits

Minimum of 10, maximum of 25


Two days

Special requirements

The institution that hosts the workshop must be able to provide participants with access to at least one storage area (supervised by staff) and an exhibition gallery where several small groups of participants can work to prepare an IPM assessment.

Management and unregistered staff of the host institution are encouraged to attend the participants' summary presentations and to contribute to the discussions about their findings and proposals. One outcome of this workshop has been a renewed approach to IPM in the host institution.

Materials and equipment

  • A meeting room where people can work in groups of four or five, with boards or walls where teaching materials can be posted.
  • One flipchart per group (two to six in total, depending on attendance) with markers, and one flipchart or a whiteboard for the instructor.
  • A table for the digital projector (if necessary) and a table for workshop materials and demonstrations.
  • A white wall or screen sufficient for legible PowerPoint presentations (large bed sheets have proved acceptable).

Note: This workshop can also be tailored specifically for your institution and staff if you are planning on implementing a systemic institutional IPM program and want initial guidance.

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