Housekeeping in Haverhill
January 27, 2012
Historic New England's collections team took a day to perform a comprehensive cleaning project in the furniture storage areas of the Collections and Conservation Center in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Eight staff members and two interns spent the day vacuuming and dusting objects while thoroughly checking for any pest infestations, mold, or other structural damage. Objects with a known carpet beetle infestation were removed from the storage area and placed in the carbon-dioxide treatment chamber("the bubble") to safely kill all pests without damaging the collections. This project was a part of the routine management and preventative maintenance of the collection.