Dear Lisa -

If the containers in the cabinet are properly sealed then they should be mice dectecting-proof. What I mean is that the grains can be put in glass laboratory bottles (the old pharmacy style) and the cap sealed with wax or similar. In the bottle it should also be put a pesticide (e.g. camphor) to kill possible insects introduced with the grains.

All the best -

On 7 Jul 2011, at 10:31, Lisa Gray wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> A community archaeology group (Thanet Archaeological Trust) want to create a display in their local museum (at Quex Park) using cereal grains but the museum staff are worried it will attract mice. I've suggested using good photographs of fresh cereals and charring some grains to show how they appear to archaeologists. I'm wondering of any of you have experience of creating displays like this. I'm sure I've seen fresh grains in museum display cabinets before. Do they need to worry about mice if the cabinet is well-sealed? The group wonder if plastic grains or ears of cereals exist that they can use instead of fresh ones. I'll try to find out about the latter but if any of you have an experience you'd like to share I'll be grateful and will pass the information onto the group. I think it's great they want to include plant material in their display.
> best wishes,
> Lisa
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