Heritage & Conservation Collaborations

5th APTCCARN Meeting: Bohol Forum (4-6 April 2017)

Programme Category: Conservation in the Tropics

Type/Category: Forum / Collaboration

Date/Duration: 4 – 6 April 2017

Venue: Tagbilaran City and towns on the island of Bohol, Philippines


  • National Museum of the Philippines
  • Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials  Conservation, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Australia-ASEAN Council

This forum invites other heritage professionals to discuss cultural heritage disaster recovery and decision making in community. Presentations may discuss the dynamics of change, the environment and it is unpredictable nature. With a primary focus on movable cultural heritage, presentations will include active participation and learning for Southeast Asian participants working in the field of cultural heritage and education nominated by SEAMEO SPAFA, as well as local and international heritage professionals, interested individuals and most importantly the Parish communities.

This event aims to expand people to people linkages among a diverse range of skills, capabilities and experiences of cultural heritage recovery and disaster management. The forum will be led by community knowledge holders and cultural heritage practitioners to share their recent experiences from the natural disasters and cultural heritage recovery projects in the Philippines.

In 2017 the forum will draw upon the expertise of the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP), Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA), community knowledge holders together with the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation under the auspices of the 5th APTCCARN Meeting.

The themes for the 5th APTCCARN Forum are:

  • Cultural heritage disaster recovery in community
  • The dynamics of change
  • Cultural heritage salvage, rehabilitation, revitalisation and management
  • Environmental parameters in Southeast Asia and disaster response
  • Recent experiences and sharing sessions

The forum will comprise of a 3- day intensive forum which will include study visits, sharing sessions, group activities and practical workshops and presentations.

The organising committee now welcomes submissions (maximum 250 words) for 10 minute presentations on the above themes. Contributions will be submitted as fully written papers to be published as a peer reviewed publication in 2018.

All intending presenters are required to:

  • Download and complete a proposal form (Please go to APTCCARN website link above).
  • Submit a completed proposal by 10 February 2017 via email to APTCCARN: aptccarn-enquiry@unimelb.edu.au
  • Further enquiries: Dr Nicole Tse (nicoleat@unimelb.edu.au); Dr Ana Labrador (amtlabrador@gmail.com)
Dr. M.R. Rujaya Abhakorn, Director, SEAMEO SPAFA Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts, discussing the programme themes at the Forum, highlighting the importance of regional collaboration in heritage conservation in the Asia Pacific region. SEAMEO SPAFA sent 5 participants from Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam to share their valuable experiences from the Southeast Asian region. *Photo credit: Ana Labrador / National Museum of the Philippines
In the photo (from left to right), Dr. Ana Labrador, Assistant Director, National Museum of the Philippines; Dr. M.R. Rujaya Abhakorn, Director, SEAMEO SPAFA Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts; and the SEAMEO SPAFA supported participants to the forum including Mr. Thein Lwin, Deputy Director General, Department of Archaeology and National Museum, Myanmar; Dr. Nicole Tse; Ms. Septina Wardani, conservator, from Cultural Properties Preservation Office of Central Java, Indonesia; Ms. Eliza Agabin, staff, SEAMEO SPAFA Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts; Ms. Thi Anh Van Huynh, Director, Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities, Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, Vietnam; Ms. Puangporn Srisomboon, Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science Division, the Fine Arts Department, Thailand; Mr. Zamrul Amri Bin Zakaria, conservator, Department of Museums Malaysia. *Photo credit: Ana Labrador / National Museum of the Philippines
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