At the recent annual Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia Awards (PAM – Institute of Architects in Malaysia) a collaboration between AusHeritage and the local Penang team, arkitek urbanisma sdn bhd, were awarded second place (Silver) for Excellence in Architecture, in Category 7 – Conservation, for the restoration of the copper dome, roof and associated works at Masjid Kapitan Keling, Penang.
ASEAN Cultural Mapping handbook launched in Canberra
A major ASEAN guide book on cultural mapping, co-authored by Australian heritage experts Mr. Ian Cook and Professor Ken Taylor was launched by the Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Peter Varghese AO, in Canberra May 6, 2013. The first copy was presented to the Ambassador for Philippines H.E. Belen F. Anota in in the presence of the authors, the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academic, The Australian National University, Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Assistant Secretary-General, the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, H.E. Alicia Bala, Chairman of AusHeritage Mr. Vinod Daniel and Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. High level representation was also present from Laos, Thailand, Timor-Leste and China.
A three member heritage delegation from Australia were in Kolkata on 12th April to participate in a joint forum with the J C Bose Trust. The forum discussed best practice approaches as Acharya Bhavan gets converted to a National Science Heritage Museum. Acharya Bhavan, the 110 year old home of Jagadish Chandra Bose was built in 1902 and stands as a reflection of the Indian scientific endeavours as well as a historic site that hosted several Indian legends including Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi. The museum is currently open on a limited basis to the public and the Indian Ministry for Culture had announced that it will be converted to a National Science Heritage Museum.
A five member heritage delegation from Australia was in Jaipur from 8 to 10 April to collaborate with the Maharaj Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust on heritage conservation and cultural tourism.
The Australian and Indian teams took part in a joint forum on museum collections and conservation, heritage architecture and conservation, and cultural tourism. AusHeritage chairman and Australian cultural heritage expert, Mr Vinod Daniel, set the tone for the forum by speaking on ‘The Museum of the 21st Century’ and participants undertook site visits at the Jaipur City Palace and Jaigarh Fort.
AusHeritage has received a grant from the Australia Indonesia Institute to provide technical masonry repair, conservation and rising damp expertise to the Conservation Institute of the Jakarta City Government at a two day workshop in late May 2013.
AusHeritage is a network of Australian cultural heritage management organisations, established by the Australian Government in 1996. The network aims to facilitate the engagement of practitioners and organisations for the Australian heritage industry in the overseas arena.