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Friday, May 30 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
(Textiles Session) Stressed about Pests? A panel led discussion on Integrated Pest Management

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is becoming increasingly accepted by museums as a vital part of their conservation and collection care practices. IPM’s comprehensive and proactive approach emphasizes pest prevention to avoid the need for drastic remedial action.  The panel members will present their own diverse experiences, and then will facilitate an audience-wide discussion about the challenges presented by pests to textile and other collections.

Patty Silence, Conservator of Museum Exhibitions and Historic Interiors at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (CW), will discuss the challenges of implementing IPM in a large institution with historic and contemporary structures. CW’s current program developed out of a one-year inter-departmental collaboration to develop a request for pricing (RFP) for a pest control contract and resulted in a Foundation-wide program, managed by a conservator and a full-time IPM technician. She will share how an all-inclusive, holistic program has saved money and time, reduced pesticide use, and most importantly improved conditions for collections, from individual items such as textiles and furniture to entire buildings.

Bernice Morris will share her experiences as IPM Coordinator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA). She will discuss the development of a written IPM policy and the challenge of making the best use of monitoring data. She will also present the systems put in place at the PMA for preventing infestations in its costume and textile collection.  

Rachael Arenstein, currently the conservator at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem but a former conservator in private practice at A.M. Art Conservation will speak about challenges she has seen as a consultant working with small to mid-size museums in developing pest management programs, and the resources that the IPM Working Group has developed to meet those needs. 

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Rachael Perkins Arenstein-[PA]

Partner, AM Art Conservation LLC
Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation. She is a principal of A.M. Art Conservation, LLC, the private practice that she co-founded in 2009. She has worked at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, the Smithsonian's National... Read More →
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Bernice Morris

Conservator, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Bernice Morris is the Associate Conservator of Costume and Textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She completed her MA Textile Conservation in 2005 at the Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton, after gaining a BA History of Art and Italian from the University... Read More →
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Patricia Silence, [PA]

Director of Preventive Conservation, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Patricia Silence is Director of Preventive Conservation at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where she manages an extensive preventive conservation program. Patty manages the IPM program, working closely with a dedicated technician as well as specialists in architecture, landscape... Read More →

Friday May 30, 2014 11:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Seacliff A-B