King's Regiment uniforms being prepared for treatment
In the summer some of our collections can become prone to insect infestation, particularly textiles and organic materials. Curators and conservators keep a keen eye out for signs of possible infestation in our displays and stores. When curator Karen O'Rourke suspected insect infestation in part of the Kings Regiment collection of uniforms she immediately contacted the handling team to help deal with the problem.
The uniforms were isolated by being completely sealed in polythene wrapping then taken to the National Conservation Centre freezer, where they were kept for a couple of days to eliminate the insects.