Pinned insects conservation course to be held at Clifton Park Museum Day Room, Rotherham, (near Sheffield) S65 2AA; From 18th to 20th may 2020.

This course requires steady hands! You will be learning how to repair insect and other dried, pinned arthropod specimens that have sustained physical and pest damage, also disruption due to verdigris and rust. there will be much use of Gampi Japanese tissue and learning how to repair and restore butterfly wings that have been munched by pests. Visual aids will be available to borrow or to purchase as required.
Hostess: Jenny Matthiasson (
Cost: £300.00
Grant-aid can be sought from your local regional museums service for up to £500. For south-east UK:

Please contact Simon Moore to register for the course or if you require further information:

Terms. Once attendance has been confirmed by e-mail, one third of the course fee will be payable in the event of a no-show or late cancellation. Notice of cancellation can only be accepted 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course. If a pro-forma invoice is required in advance please advise Simon Moore (
Please advise Simon Moore of any personal allergies that you may have and also request a schedule if you require one in advance. Due to dietary complications these days, lunches are not provided. A certificate of successful attendance will be issued following the course. Full handouts (including risk assessments) are included in the cost but not accommodation.


Day 1. 10.00 start. Self introductions, local logistics - fire-exits, risks, allergies, house H&S rules, loos, break rooms, eateries.
Power-point presentation: overview of problems, some IPM and course technology.
Question and tea-breaks will occur when required!
Examination of specimens for conservation – look for pests detritus and identify.
Reparation of bodies – usage of Styrofoam cups, correct adhesive/s.
Gap-filling / consolidation of hollowed out bodies/ body scutes using Japanese tissues.
Reparation of wing crease, tears, missing (eaten) strips of wing tissue using recycled wings and Gampi tissue.
Attachment of legs.
Dealing with various fungal moulds.

13.00 - 14.00. Lunch (not provided – campus restaurants [discounted], occasional food stalls, local supermarket for bringing own).

How to make prosthetics for missing appendages (Demonstration and practical).
Painting in gap-fills of Gampi tissue and texturing them so that these are less visible (restoration technology for display specimens.)
17.00 End.

Day 2. 09.00 start. 17.00 end. Other and related problems – pin deterioration: rusted or copper-cored giving rise to Verdigris crystals? Removal of crystal and future prevention by removal of specimens from deteriorated pins using controlled heat source.
Introduction to antennal attachment, antennal repair, filling gaps in wings and painting in if restoration required, correct tools reminder.

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch (as before).

Day 3. 09.00 start. Check on previous days’ work, write-up reports, notes.
Tackle new problems not yet worked on, gain as much experience while time (and specimens) allow.

13.00 - 14.00. Lunch.

Finishing of practical work and projects, then;
16.00 – Packing up & Depart

Please bring with you if possible: lab coat, digital/phone camera, small hair-dryer, dissection instruments (including an old toothbrush) and artist paintbrushes. These will be provided for use but if you can bring some it will be most helpful.
** Please note that lunches are not provided and you will have to buy these yourself or bring your own. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Below are a 'before' and 'after' example!