Turning up the Heat on Pests

Turning up the Heat on Pests

This one day symposium will explore, through a range of perspectives, new approaches in museum practice and methodologies for the management of insect pests in heritage collections and buildings. It will highlight and discuss the recent treatment of the buildings at Woodford Academy, established in the 1830s, with heat, explore the challenges posed by an undertaking on this scale, and share the solutions found to the problems encountered. This is particularly relevant to regional collections held in historic buildings.

In early February 2019 the complex of buildings comprising the Woodford Academy, owned by the National Trust of Australia (NSW) will be fumigated using heat. Rooms will be systematically sealed and heated from ambient temperature to 56°C (to eradicate borers), while the collections, including furniture, are treated using low oxygen. The Woodford Academy in the Blue Mountains has a long history of pests causing damage to buildings and collections including termites, borers, silverfish and r, the furniture beetle (Anobium punctatum), which has caused significant damage to timber at the property, leading to loss of strength and stability of many floorboards and structural timber. After reviewing available treatment methods heat has been selected to eradicate the borers in the building.

This symposium will look at the damage that furniture beetle can cause in historic buildings, current control options and their limitations and present an evaluation of the findings and outcomes of the Woodford project. It will explore recent developments in the treatment of common insect pest infestations and possible strategies for countering this threat to the survival of collections and heritage buildings.

Speakers include Alex Roach, Modified Atmospheres, Peter Sarkey and Simon de Montemas, from Precision Pest Control, Dr. Clive Lucas, conservation architect and National Trust of Australia NSW Board member and Rebecca Pinchin, Collections Manager, National Trust of Australia (NSW).

Friday 15 February 2019
9.00am – 4.00pm

[Symposium includes speakers, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea]
$200 Full symposium fee (book and pay by 12th February 2019)
$180 Early bird symposium fee (book and pay in full before 31st January 2019)
$80 Student/ concession fee (book and pay by 12th February 2019)

Book online here


For bookings and enquiries, contact Rebecca Pinchin, Collections Manager, National Trust (NSW)

E: rpinchin@nationaltrust.com.au
Ph: (02) 9 258 0129

Getting to: Woodford Academy
90-95 Great Western Highway

Opening Hours

10:00 am to 4:00 am
Every third Saturday of the month or by appointment