The bird gallery at the Manchester Museum is currently having some building work done on it. As a result, we have had to remove many of the specimens off the gallery space. It was decided that the birds would be stored in the Herbarium, as there was plenty of bench space in there, but there was a problem…
Any specimens being taken into a collections area without being frozen present a pest risk. Storing over 100 specimens in our relatively small freezer was not an option, so we needed to come up with a solution that would not only protect the herbarium, but keep the birds pest-free too.
The conservators came up with the brilliant solution of making an airtight plastic “tent” over the entire bench space. Boxes were used to keep the plastic at a height so it was not touching the specimens. The plastic was sealed with duct tape around its perimeter. Any extra specimens were bagged and sealed by me.
Here are some photos: