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Digital Membership event

Looking after the collection in lockdown

In this digital Membership event, many of you joined us for an exclusive conversation with Sandra Smith, Head of Collection Care and Adie Doyle, Integrated Pest Management Manager.

The Membership team used Zoom, an online video platform, to allow Members to hear from our expert panel about how the Museum is giving extra attention to caring for the collection during lockdown.

The 150 staff who make up the Collection Care Department are responsible for care and conservation, preparing items for exhibition and loan in the UK and internationally, and making collections accessible through the study rooms.

You can discover more about their essential work in this video recording of the panel discussion.

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About the event

About the event

Sandra Smith rejoined the British Museum in February 2019 as Head of Collection Care after an absence of 17 years during which she was Head of Conservation and Technical Services at the V&A.

It's her 'preventive' conservation team who are responsible for monitoring the environmental conditions within the Museum and protecting the most sensitive objects.

As a trained conservator, Adie Doyle is responsible for coordinating pest inspections in all galleries, stores and back-of-house areas with pest monitors (traps) to detect, identify and prevent pests from damaging the collection.

He also manages the Pest Treatment Facility in Bloomsbury, which includes a large computer-controlled walk-in freezer and a nitrogen chamber, for the treatment of objects which have been found to have pest damage, or when transferring collections.

In this event Sandra and Adie answered questions about the Museum's collection care.