Packing and Storing Objects and Collections – Tradition and Modernity

November 13, 2017

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Collasia KoreaThe National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage (NRICH) of Korea hosted the international ICCROM CollAsia course on Packing and Storing Objects and Collections – Tradition and Modernity in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, from 11 – 25 October 2017. The course, one outcome of a five-year agreement (2012-2017) between the Korean Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) and ICCROM, involved 24 professionals from 16 countries with different backgrounds in heritage conservation.

The challenge of packing and storing movable collections was the focus of the two-week course. The objective was to develop a shared understanding by identifying core functions in order to make effective choices of methods and materials. Interactive learning modalities, which have become a distinctive feature of the CollAsia programme, were used throughout. A didactic collection of diverse objects, together with different packing and storing materials, provided concrete learning opportunities and a basis for small-group exercises. Participants were challenged to discuss strengths and weaknesses of different packing and storing materials, techniques and procedures, in relation to different scenarios. Continue reading…


CollAsia Course – Conserving Textiles and Costumes, Guatemala

May 27, 2016

COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT

Conserving Textiles and Costumes in Southeast Asian Collections

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Dates: 24 October – 11 November 2016

Place: Antigua, Guatemala

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Why

Textiles and costumes are a vibrant part of the heritage collections in Southeast Asia. They attest to sophisticated traditional knowledge systems and complex worldwide trade relations, and have been intimately linked to issues of identity through time. Both historical collections and living heritage communities are custodians of ethnic, religious, military, historic and other collections of textiles and costumes. A shared understanding of material characteristics, manufacturing techniques, design elements, past and current uses, and accompanying social practices are the basis of sound conservation strategies. Continue reading…


CollAsia Exhibition 2016

May 20, 2016

Muzium Padi Kedah, Malaysia

COLLASIA EXHIBITION 2016In conjunction with the International Museum Day 2016 celebrations, a CollAsia exhibition booth was set up at the Muzium Padi in Kedah, Malaysia.

Organized by CollAsia alumni in Malaysia in collaboration with the Department of Museums Malaysia (JMM), the exhibition aims at spreading the core messages of the CollAsia programme, while engaging Malaysian heritage professionals in this regional and international collaboration.

Thirty three museums and other heritage organizations from Malaysia and beyond participated in the Museum Day 2016 event.  Each booth represented in a unique way the different institutional approaches to this year’s theme of “Museums and Cultural Landscapes.” Represented among the participants were the Sarawak State Museum, which hosted the last CollAsia workshop on “Packing, Handling and Moving Collections” in 2015, and the Thaksin University of Thailand. Continue reading…


CollAsia 2016 – Southeast Asian Collections

March 21, 2016

Group photo - CollAsiaThe International CollAsia Course on Conservation and Use of Southeast Asian Collections took place in Bandung, Indonesia, 8 – 26 February 2016.

A group of 34 professionals from the region shared unique experiences exploring the interdependence of conservation and use of collections, and changes in materials and values over time.  The importance of teamwork and work planning were presented as key issues to improve critical thinking, thereby fighting the tendency to rely on assumptions while practicing the conservation and education professions.

Activities included formal lectures, brainstorming sessions, hands-on practical sessions, interviews with museum staff, visits to local institutions and traditional workshops, participant presentations and film club sessions.

Among the main topics, the group learnt about the materiality of objects, the 10 agents of deterioration and the vulnerability of collections, as well as all the challenges related to the value and use of collections.  A series of course team presentations stimulated the group to discuss risks to collections, and the challenges of categorizing the vulnerability of different objects.  The effects of light, relative humidity and water were explored in depth and experienced through specific exercises.

Various case studies on the values and stories behind objects helped participants understand the fundamental questions of “why we conserve” and “how we conserve.”  The study visit to the Giri Harja Jelekong Workshop, Bandung, West Java, where participants learned about the conservation and use of traditional Indonesian puppets, facilitated discussions about the interdependence between conservation and use.

Elephas - Museum GeologiThe replica of an “Elephas” exhibited as a visitor’s focal point in the main hall of the Museum Geologi also served as new case study for group discussions. Issues related to the planning of moving, packing and unpacking collections provided a concrete platform to address the challenges of teamwork.
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Conservation and Use of Southeast Asian Collections

February 17, 2016

On February 8th the CollAsia course on Conservation and Use of Southeast Asian Collections began in Bandung, Indonesia. The training activity, organized in collaboration with the Bandung Geological Museum and the Geological Agency of Indonesia, Ministry for Energy and Mineral Resources, with the support of the Korean Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), brought together 34 conservation professionals from 18 countries. They will spend three weeks exploring the challenges of conserving and using collections.

The activity was inaugurated at the Geological Agency Auditorium, with a grand traditional Indonesian ceremony offered by the Geological Agency and presented by the Head of Bandung Geological Museum, Mr Oman Abdurahman, the Vice Minister of Tourism and the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO. Continue reading…


Course Announcements

October 13, 2015

ICCROM courses are an opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills in the various themes we cover. They are also a source of inspiration for participants who go back to their home countries and institutions infused with new energy.

This fall, we are accepting applications for the following courses:

The course will focus on the scientific principles underlying the past and present systems, materials and work practices, and the use and conservation of collections.

Group photo with the ICCROM and CollAsia flags, taken from above

Many different types of professionals respond to an unfolding crisis. This course provides strategies for interlocking culture specialists with humanitarian specialists during an emergency situation and aims to unify these sometimes conflicting perspectives.

Taken during emergency simulation

Conservation and Use of Southeast Asian Collections

September 28, 2015

Course Announcement

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When: 8 – 26 February 2016

Where: Bandung, West Java, Republic of Indonesia

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Why:

The CollAsia programme aims to conserve Heritage Collections in Southeast Asia, through conservation training and research activities to shape solid and sustainable conservation actions for the Asia-Pacific Region. The focus is on improving scientific literacy and critical thinking skills among the diverse professionals caring for Southeast Asian heritage collections.

The existing challenge of balancing access to collections with conservation needs requires a renewed understanding of the requirements of different types of users, along with the risks to the collections involved. The digital world offers new opportunities but also has its limitations. The strengthening and preservation of links between intangible and tangible heritage would improve the user experience as well as enhance the management of heritage.

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CollAsia Course on Handling, Packing and Moving Collections Ends

February 20, 2015

Group photo with the ICCROM and CollAsia flags, taken from above

The CollAsia international course on Handling, Packing and Moving Collections came to a close in Kuching, Malaysia. Organized by ICCROM and the Sarawak Museum Department, with the support of the Korean Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), the CollAsia activity aimed to improve scientific literacy and critical thinking skills among the diverse professionals caring for Southeast Asian heritage collections.

The training activity brought together over 40 heritage specialists from 21 different countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Through lectures and interactive sessions, participants explored the scientific principles underlying past and present systems, materials and work practices, as well as the manufacture, use and conservation of collections.

Participants were encouraged to share the traditional collections conservation practices in their countries during the Conference Day held on 16 January. Study visits were organized to Sarawak Cultural Village and the Bidayuh longhouse of Kampung Benuk, to learn and draw new ideas for research from the rich living heritage of the local communities around Kuching. Continue reading…


Update from the CollAsia course in Sarawak, Malaysia

January 21, 2015

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Sarawak Museum Department, Kuching, Malaysia

Logo-CollAsia-1CollAsia has brought together a diverse set of professionals with a combined work experience that makes for valuable exchanges and discussions. Caring for cultural heritage is at the heart of the work of participants and the course team, but different working roles, resources and cultural contexts give rise to unique challenges and solutions, which everyone can learn from.

On 16 January the course hosted a conference at the Natural History Museum, Sarawak History Department. It was attended by almost 50 museum professionals representing over 20 local and international institutions working with the conservation of cultural heritage. Presentations were given by course participants, course team members, Sarawak Museum staff, as well as the Director-General of ICCROM and the Sarawak Museum Department.

Participants have also had the chance to visit cultural centres in the area, such as the Tun Jugah Foundation and the Sarawak Cultural Village. Continue reading…


CollAsia Course on Handling, Packing and Moving Collections

January 14, 2015

12 – 30 January 2015, Sarawak Museum Department, Kuching, Malaysia

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With over 40 specialists from Asia-Pacific and beyond, the CollAsia international course on Handling, Packing and Moving Collections is taking place 12 – 30 January 2015 in the Natural History Museum, Sarawak Museum Department, Kuching, Malaysia.

Organized by the Sarawak Museum Department and ICCROM, with the support of the Korean Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA), the course aims to improve scientific literacy and critical thinking skills among the diverse professionals caring for Southeast Asian heritage collections.

The course focuses on scientific principles underlying past and present systems for managing museum objects, materials and work practices, as well as the manufacture, use and conservation of collections. Participants are encouraged to share traditional collections conservation practices used in their countries. The course identifies, reviews, discusses and compares living cultural practices and current conservation principles and approaches relevant to the theme of the course. It also encourages further research into developing innovative solutions.

The intensive training activity consists of lectures and interactive sessions, both in the classroom and around Sarawak, with practical exercises. Continue reading…