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NEW FROM THE MUSEUMS & GALLERIES COMMISSION

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Woolly bear, the biscuit beetle and the varied carpet beetle are among the insects commonly found in museums. Integrated Pest Management by the mgc provides practical, safe and cost-effective advice on the prevention and control of pests in museums. It explains how to protect collections, furnishings and buildings from harm by pests, and describes how to prevent infestations and how to control them should they occur. It also includes lists of useful addresses, suppliers and publications.

Integrated Pest Management costs £6.00 plus £1.25 p&p from mgc Publications, tel 0171 233 4200.

When Worcester City Museum Service wanted to decide on suitable premises to re-house its reserve collection, it used a cost-benefit appraisal tool to decide between buying and extending its existing building, moving into one of three buildings it had been offered, or constructing a new building. Although it has not yet reached a final decision, the mgc believes that this is the route that should be followed in future decision-making processes. With this aim, it has published Cost/ Benefits Appraisals for Collection Care - a practical guide to show how museums can move away from collection- care decisions based solely on cost, towards a more equitable assessment of the benefits of different decisions. It costs £12.00 plus £1.25 postage and packing from mgc Publications, tel 0171 233 4200.

The organisation has also announced plans to set up a comprehensive database of museum collections in the uk. Called Cornucopia: Discovering uk Collections it will incorporate existing and new research on museum collections, with images of the museums and their collections, and information on public access. The database, which will be available on the Internet, should start operating in 2000. It is designed to benefit museum professionals, students, researchers and members of the public interested in museums.

The latest fact sheet from the mgc is entitled 'Museums beyond the Millennium' and discusses the importance of the millennium celebrations. They will, it says, 'provide an excellent marketing opportunity for museums and galleries . . . museums throughout the country can take advantage of the millennium to attract visitors to their own events. Target audiences to consider include:

people from the local community who have not attended the museum in the past, but could become repeat visitors due to your exciting and accessible events

domestic tourists drawn to your area by marketing campaigns by the National and Regional Tourist Boards

international visitors, drawn to London by the dome and British Tourist Authority campaigns, but who then stay to tour the uk as part of a longer visit.

It goes on to describe the organisations that offer funding, advice and support to museums planning their millennium activities. It lists the types of grants available from the Millennium Festival, a joint responsibility of the Millennium Commission, the New Millennium Experience Company and the National Lottery Distributors, which has a £100 million programme to 'engage the nation in celebrating the millennium', and it describes the bbc's Millennium History Project.

The factsheet outlines the campaign being developed by the British Tourist Authority and discusses the roles of national and regional tourist boards and of European museums.

Contact the Museums and Galleries Commission on 0171 233 4200, fax 0171 233 3686, 16 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AA.

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