Conserving Textiles and Costumes in Southeast Asian Collections
Dates: 24 October – 11 November 2016
Place: Antigua, Guatemala
- Casa K’ojom, La Antigua, Guatemala
- ICCROM with the support of:
- CHA – Korean Cultural Heritage Administration
- Ministry of Culture and Sports of Guatemala
- Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena
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…
Muzium Padi 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…
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.
The 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.
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…
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:
- CollAsia. Conservation and use of Southeast Asian Collections
8 – 26 February 2016. Bandung, West Java, Republic of Indonesia
Application deadline: 26 October 2015
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.
- First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis
23 May – 24 June 2016. Washington, DC United States.
Application deadline: 9 November 2015
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.
When: 8 – 26 February 2016
Where: Bandung, West Java, Republic of Indonesia
- Geological Museum, Geological Agency, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Indonesia
- with the support of the Korean Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA)
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.
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…
Handling, Packing and Moving Collections
Sarawak Museum Department, Kuching, Malaysia
CollAsia 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.
12 – 30 January 2015, Sarawak Museum Department, Kuching, Malaysia
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…