The fundamentals of integrated pest management

Learn best practice pest management methods alongside the latest research from Museum experts.

The Natural History Museum is proud to be a world leader in integrated pest management, having been the first Museum to introduce such a strategy in 2002.

About the course

Participants will be given special access to explore the Museum's cutting-edge facilities, including a quarantine facility with a hot/cold chamber, and find out how to apply these strategies at their own institution.

The course will be led by our pest management team with input from our conservation team and entomologists from our Life Sciences department. It will be structured, participative and stimulating.

  • Course contents

    This one day course will cover:

    • introduction to integrated pest management relevant to museums and other cultural properties
    • the benefits and challenges of integrated pest management
    • how the Natural History Museum manages pests, including case studies and tours
    • flexible approaches to integrated pest management to suit different institutions with varying resources and needs
    • a practical session identifying pests

    Delegates will get printed course materials which will be used on the day and can be taken away for future reference.

  • Outcomes

    By the end of this course delegates will be equipped with the skills and ability to make informed decisions about:

    • define pest management
    • explain the advantages of the approaches and the difficulties pest management may present
    • identify some common pests found in the UK
    • implement a programme of pest management at their own institution.


Contact the Training and Development team on +44 (0)207 942 6182 or email us.

New dates coming soon

New dates to be announced soon, please check back for updates on the Museum's training and development courses.

Course details

  • at the Natural History Museum
  • one day course
  • £275
  • Concession pricing available

Who is it for?

  • individuals who work in historic buildings
  • those managing collections vulnerable to pest damage