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Hertford Museum

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Caring for, preserving and documenting an historic collection

The Museum staff monitors and controls environmental conditions across the Museum and attempts to maintain pest free collections by using blunder traps to spot the presence of insects. Objects are regularly monitored for evidence of frass, or insect waste, which could be indications of infestations. Once an infestation is discovered it is often treated by freezing, in order to kill any remaining insects or larvae.

Monitoring and control

Hertford Museum is lucky to have our own conservation freezer which can hired by third parties for conservation purposes. If you are interested in this service, please follow this link to contact us.

Conservation freezer


Hertford Museum aims to preserve and interpret a collection of 100,000 objects, the heritage of 31 towns and villages in East Hertfordshire. The Trustees, staff and volunteers of Hertford Museum are committed to the preservation, conservationand interpretation of this collection. Our collection encompasses objects of all material types, from plastics to textiles, and items made this year to objects formed 500 million years ago. Caring for such a large and diverse collection is challenging and expensive as most objects are not made to last indefinitely. Objects on display within the galleries and in storage at the Seed Warehouse have to be protected from damaging agents such as light, dust and pests.  

Sometimes objects are loaned to other institutions or travel as part of a touring exhibition to other museums. Objects have to be carefully packed and unpacked and protected during transit.

Objects on loan

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Our collections are stored in aced free packaging and carefully packed to prevent movement. Some collections such as plastics have specific requirements such as greater air circulation. We have pioneered new techniques in the storage of plastics.

Preventative Conservation