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.