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Australia–Indonesia Museum project in Jakarta

Folmer, Disbud Holds Curatorial Training for Museum Professionals, Berita Jakarta, 28 June 2024

Enriching the study of museum collections.

(Foto: Istimewa).

Jakarta Culture Agency held Significance Training at Jakarta Cultural Heritage Conservation Center (PKCB) on Thursday (6/27) and Friday (6/28).

Jakarta Culture Agency Head, Iwan Henry Wardhana, said this hybrid activity is part of the Australia-Indonesia Museums (AIM) Project which aims to build long-term partnerships between Indonesian and Australian museum professionals through training, knowledge exchange and jointly curated exhibitions.

“This Significance Training is very useful for enriching the study of museum collections in the city of Jakarta. The hope is that through this training museum visitors can become more educated and the museum collections in Jakarta will also become richer in information,” Iwan said, Friday (6/28).

Iwan added that this activity is intended as government cooperation and international partnerships in improving museum practices funded by the Australia-Indonesia Institute from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

In collaboration with Deakin University (Australia), Western Australian Museum (WAM) and Southeast Asian Museum Services (SEAMS), this training presented several leading international speakers in the museum field such as:

  •  Saldin, Lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Deakin University;
  • Gaye Sculthorpe, Research Professor, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Deakin University;
  • and Corioli Souter, Head of Maritime Heritage Department, Western Australian Museum.

 

The focus of this training is using Significance 2.0, which is a guide for assessing the significance of collections that has been adapted to the Indonesian museological context. This approach is widely used in the Australian museum sector and offers a systematic method for assessing the significance of a museum object, taking into account the artwork’s provenance or provenance and ownership history, context and broader themes.

“Apart from that, there is also interactive training and practical applications for participants selected from museums under the Jakarta Provincial Culture Agency. In this training, there are interactive sessions, group work, and practical applications of significance methods on the collections of the Jakarta History Museum which aims to equip museum professionals with the skills to assess and interpret the significance of their collections in enriching public engagement and understanding,” Iwan explained.

After this training, selected objects will be digitized including 3D scanning and video documentation to update the digital exhibition ‘Pameran Tetangga’ (www.tetanggaexhibition.com). This initiative underscores the AIM Project’s commitment to leveraging digital technology to increase access to cultural heritage. Curators involved in this training will play an important role in selecting and conducting research on the objects that will be exhibited.