Review of the IPM Chantry Bibliography

If you want to get an independent opinion on the latest Chantry Subject Bibliography on Integrated Pest Management by Amy Crossman and David Pinniger, beyond our own earlier blog post, then a solution is at hand.

The latest issue of Icon News (89, August 2020) contains a review of the bibliography contributed by Catherine Harris, Assistant Preventive Conservator at the Bodleian Libraries. This number of the magazine can be found here and the review itself it on pages 26 and 27.

Illustrated by an up-close-and-personal microscope image of an Anthrenus, Catherine in the review describes the IPM Subject Bibliography as “an excellently written curated bibliography, clearly presented and with a logical and user-friendly flow” that “will prove to be an extremely useful tool to heritage professionals of all disciplines” – whether beginners in the field or more experienced practitioners.

So don’t just take our word for it. And appreciative thanks to Catherine for the nice write up!

(Seemed slightly appropriate – though it doesn’t count as a “pest” – that this not so little visitor to the Library was climbing down the wall as this post was being drafted, perhaps looking on benignly.)

Please do explore this and other Subject Bibliographies at

Chantry Library Subject Bibliographies – No. 6: Integrated Pest Management by Amy Crossman and David Pinniger

Despite the unusual circumstances, 2020 has been a busy year for the Chantry Library Bibliographies, with contributions so far on woven fabrics used in conservation, Islamic slipcases, and enamelled metals!

We are very happy to introduce our latest bibliography, which will of general interest to conservators as well as librarians, archivists and museum professionals trying to preserve historic collections. It is a first venture into the field of preventive conservation, and comes from two major figures in the field of integrated pest management: Amy Crossman, an experienced conservator who since 2018 has been a consultant on collections care specialising in IPM, and the entomologist David Pinniger, who will be familiar to readers of earlier blog posts and has been providing advice and training on IPM to the cultural heritage sector for many years.

He has also been a friend of the Library, which holds various of his publications on the subject – many donated by David, as you can see in a recent blog post.

Amy and David have been collaborating on a searchable IPM literature database available online: What’s eating your collection. The Library was gifted by David part of the working collection underpinning the database, so we hold many of the articles listed in it if readers are interested in exploring further. Do contact us about accessing articles listed in the database.

Their select bibliography provides a superb starting point for anyone exploring this area of key interest for conservators and others in the cultural heritage sector. The bibliography may prompt further investigation! It provides a critical appraisal of key works in the development of integrated pest management – perhaps with a focus on the “integrated” – as a discipline in its own right, and flags introductory text for those starting out. It also looks at key themes within this emergent discipline, for example the importance of temperature treatments as an alternative to pesticides.

The bibliography is available here or through the webpage for the Chantry Bibliographies.

Amy will be talking about the bibliography and resources including “What’s eating your collection” at the virtual Pest Odyssey Network annual meeting on 8th July. Booking information can be found at this link and abstracts are available here.

Many thinks to Amy and David for a notable addition to the series.

Newly-catalogued: report on Milka Ternina’s dress and cloak

Being locked down presents the chance to get round to some interesting items on your “to do” list – in the Chantry Library that means cataloguing some of the more obscure titles that have come the Library’s way over the years. This short blog post is about one such volume, originating in Zagreb.


One reason it might have waited to be processed is the language – Croatian! Not one your librarian is familiar with, but with Google Translate an attempt has been made (fingers crossed).

For those interested in the conservation/restoration of clothes and textiles, a subject we the library holds material on, including a donation from donation last year by Nicola Gentle, it is a report about work on the dress and cloak of the Croatian dramatic soprano Milka Ternina (1863-1941). Amply illustrated the volume is worth a look once we are open again to readers, even if you can’t read Croatian!

Still to be classified the book can be found on SOLO here.



Chantry Library Subject Bibliographies – No. 3: Woven Fabrics in Book Conservation by Celia Bockmuehl and Nikki Tomkins

Our third, new subject bibliography has just been posted on the use of woven fabrics in the conservation of books.


The bibliography has been produced by two of the Oxford Conservation Consortium’s own conservators, Celia Bockmuehl and Nikki Tomkins (pictured above). It emerged from a collaborative research project undertaken by OCC with Bodleian Conservation and Collection Care and material scientists at Cranfield University. The project was prompted by the main supplier of fabrics for conservation ceasing production in 2007. Its purpose was to test the material properties of the fabrics used for book conservation.

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The research investigated the strength and durability of aerolinen and aerocotton, comparing different suppliers, warp weft and bias orientation of the fabric, and the effect of laundering on the fabric. Tests conducted measured mass per unit area, thickness, sett, tensile strength, folding endurance, and dimensional change.

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Samples under the microscope

The project’s findings were presented at the Icon Conference 2019, the International IADA Conference 2019 in Warsaw, and more locally for Oxford Conservators’ Group. More details can be found in the full project write up, which will appear in a forthcoming number of Studies in conservation, and has already been published online at this DOI: 10.1080/00393630.2019.1672442

You can find Celia and Nikki’s bibliography by following this link.

Donation of textile conservation material

The Chantry Library was recently very grateful to receive a generous donation from Nicola Gentle. This comprised conference proceedings and other matter, mainly on the conservation of textiles. As well as filling some gaps in our collection of conference proceedings (always fun for librarians to catalogue!) they also add depth to our coverage of this interesting area of conservation work. The titles are being catalogued onto SOLO, so that they can searched for there like the rest of our printed collections (choose ‘Chantry Library’ from the drop-down list), but here is a quick listing of some English titles:

  • Guidelines for Conservation of Textiles, EH 1996
  • In the Nick of Time, Museums and Galleries 1996
  • Adhesive Treatments Revisited, UKIC Textile Group 1998
  • Conservation of Leather Artifacts, Leather Conservation Centre 2000
  • Ecclesiastical Textiles, conservation issues, Council for Care of Churches 2001
  • Dress in Detail, ICON Textile Group 2007
  • Conservation of 3D Textiles, NATCC 2009
  • Joined Up Thinking, Textiles & Historic Interior, ICON Textile Group 2014 (CD)
  • Learning Curve, ICON Textile Group 2015 (CD)

There are also international conference proceedings and journal numbers (many in languages other than English), reflecting even more within the Chantry Library’s holdings the global scope and favour of the conservation profession! So a very sincere thank you to Nicola for the gift.