Cambodian National Museum gets boost to conserve ceramics

The National Museum of Cambodia is boosted by a full-time staff of archaeological team, whose work is to restore and conserve the museums’s ceramics collection. This is made possible by funding from the Smithsonian Institute.

Smithsonian funds new lab
Phnom Penh Post, 25 September 2008

As part of a new joint project with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, the museum will now be housing a full-time archaeological team to work on restoring and conserving the museum’s large ceramic collection in an on-site conservation lab.
Hab Touch, director of the museum, which has developed and refined its extensive ceramics collection to make it the biggest in Cambodia, said the laboratory was in operation but would not officially begin work on the ceramics collection until October.
It is the latest of many US-sponsored heritage donations and is likely to be part of an ongoing exchange between the two countries.


Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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