Next Steps Developing and Sustaining Appropriate Skills in Conservation: Educational Strategies for Life-long Learning

Duration: 9th -12th August 2011  
Place: Manila, the Philippines
Partners: ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
  SEAMEO-SPAFA (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization - Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts)
In collaboration with: The Getty Foundation
  the National Museum of the Philippines
Aim: The aim of the Leaders in Conservation Education of the CollAsia 2010 programme project is to bring innovation and change to the way that conservation education is practised in Southeast Asia by maximizing the potential of leading professionals in the region. Now that the current CollAsia2010 series of activities, supported by the Getty Foundation, draws to a close, the final activity is a forum to assess what has been achieved and how we can build upon those successes for the future. This is crucial because as CollAsia2010 enters its final phase, ICCROM and SEAMEO SPAFA are committed to ensuring that the programme’s results are sustainable and have a long-term positive impact beyond 2011.

The objectives of the Forum are to:

• Assess and review the accomplishments of CollAsia 2010 thus far,

• Identify what activities need to be undertaken in the near future,

• Formally establish a working group dedicated to advancing the work of CollAsia,

• Broaden the existing CollAsia network, and

• Share information on how to make CollAsia financially viable in terms of being an ‘entity’ capable of offering training courses in the future.

Participants: Past participants from CollAsia2010 training activities are invited to attend. Other interested parties from within and outside Southeast Asia shall be informed of the event and their participation is most welcomed. The travel costs to Manila, accommodation and subsistence costs during the forum of up to 22 participants will be covered by the Getty Foundation, SEAMEO SPAFA, ICCROM, and the National Museum of the Philippines. Registration for the forum is free of charge.
Featured Speaker: Professor at UMD and consultant to the World Trade Association, Patricia Marshall will speak on her efforts to model change through enterprise. She was a primary participant in the funding and leadership of several startups focused on conservation. For example, she organized the immigrant community in large cities to create eco-friendly businesses like green dry cleaners. Her most successful venture was a small carpet cleaning NYC service. Starting with a borrowed van and a Brooklyn backyard operation, the business flourished into an enterprise with 25 employees and a reputation for excellent, on-time service. They now have contracts to regularly clean the carpets of several mid-town hotels and the business continues to expand via word of mouth. Patricia will also address the opening ceremony.
Call for Contributions:

SEAMEO SPAFA and ICCROM invite all former CollAsia2010 participants to submit proposals for contributing to the Forum. Participants can discuss and update the audience on the adaptation of approaches to conservation in their conservation projects or training events or other aspects of concrete experiences that the former participants consider as a direct outcome of having participated in CollAsia2010.

CollAsia2010 has covered the following topics: storage, climate change, community, built heritage, exhibition, intangible cultural heritage, textiles, traditional knowledge conservation methodologies, underwater archaeology, preventive conservation, flexible materials, and conservation of on-site objects.

Proposals should consist of an abstract of 200 words, outlining the issues to be discussed in the presentation. During the seminar 20 minutes will be allotted for each presentation. The proposals for papers should be sent to SEAMEO SPAFA not later than 20 July 2011. The abstract proposal should also be accompanied with brief bio-data information of no more than 150 words. The abstract and bio-data should be sent as an attachment to and

The proposals will be screened by SEAMEO SPAFA and ICCROM. In the selection of the presentations, special attention will be paid to the relevance of the proposal to the development of new conservation solutions for collections in different contexts and to the innovative dimension of the issues discussed.

Format of Presentation:

Please indicate the format of the presentation. Dimensions for photographic or poster exhibitions is that each image should be A2 landscape size. If planning a presentation using film or performance/demonstration please indicate what technical equipment will be required.

Please return the completed form to: SEAMEO SPAFA 81/1 Sri Ayutthaya Road, Dusit, Bangkok 10300 Thailand Tel: +662 2804022-9 Fax: +662 2804030 Email: and




Managing Risk from Climate Change: Southeast Asian Collections in Peril

Duration: 23 May – 03 June, 2011 Application deadline: 4 May 2011
Place: Singapore
Partners: ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
  SEAMEO-SPAFA (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization - Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts)
In collaboration with: The Getty Foundation
  Asian Civilisations Museum
Aim: The course aims at improving the capacity of professionals working with Southeast Asian collections in the development of sustainable conservation strategies in relation to the challenges presented by the climate change. Tools for engaging with sectors beyond the heritage profession working on devising strategies for addressing climate change will be discussed. Special attention will be given to designing and implementing educational activities on an institutional, national and international level, and reaching out to special segments of the public, including the youth. Practical sessions will include both preparation and training sessions along with a focus on presentation skills, in particular in relation to disaster preparedness and risk management in heritage institutions. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of networking for professional growth and institutional collaboration, and thus will include participation in the conference “Commonwealth Museums: Culture, Economy and Climate Change and Youth”, from May 25 to 27, 2011. The conference is organized by the Commonwealth Association of Museums, and hosted by the National Heritage Board, Singapore, at the Singapore Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM).
Methodology: The workshop will consist of interactive, participatory sessions, both theoretical and practical. Study visits will include joint working sessions with the staff of relevant heritage and educational institutions in Singapore. Participation in the conference “Commonwealth Museums: Culture, Economy and Climate Change and Youth” will form an integral part of the course programme.
Participants: 22 heritage professionals working to conserve Southeast Asian heritage collections. At least 3 years of working experience will be required. Applications from those actively involved in the organization or delivery of training activities and/or community projects will be especially encouraged.
Course Team: Conservation and heritage education specialists from the networks of the organising institutions.
Working Language: English
Scholarships: Scholarships covering round-trip travel, accommodation and meals in Singapore during the course will be available.

Please submit the application form, available at, preferably by email to and to, or by fax to +66 2 2804030.

CollAsia2010, SPAFA, 81/1 Sri-Ayutthaya Road, Dusit, Bangkok 10300 Thailand Tel: +66 2 2804022-9


Deadline: 4 May 2011