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.)
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.