Getting a feel for museums – literally!

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This is a great story about how museums can facilitate better access to the public – the National Museum of Bangkok is working with other volunteer groups to facilitate tours where blind visitors can actually touch and feel the exhibits.

I was at the Bangkok National Museum and they certainly have a wealth of exhibits on display, from prehistoric Thailand to royal regalia. It’s great to know that blind visitors can now get a feel of some of these exhibits and discover these treasures for themselves.

Reaching Out
Bangkok Post, 15 April 2008
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Addendum: Introduction to Singapore lectures

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If you’re still interesting in attending the Introduction to Singapore lectures starting this Saturday, senior curator Cheryl-Ann Low sent me some extra info for the first session that she’ll be presenting. I made a little mistake by saying that the lecture will focus on archaeological data, but it’s actually more than that, including literary sources like the Desawarnana (Negarakrtagama) and Wang Dayuan’s memoirs.

Here’s the blurb for Saturday’s lecture:

The 14th century history of Singapore can be derived from various sources such as archaeological findings, accounts of people who witnessed Singapore centuries ago, records of neighbouring courts, and the Malay Annals (otherwise known as the Sejarah Melayu and Sulalat’ul Salatina).
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Public lecture: The Cargo of the East Indiaman Götheborg Shipwreck

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For anyone interested in underwater archaeology and the Southeast Asian ceramics trade, you might be interested in this talk at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore.

The Cargo of the East Indiaman Götheborg Shipwreck
02 Apr 2008
Wednesday, 7.00 pm
Discovery Room, ACM Empress Place
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Introduction to Singapore lecture at the NAMOS

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Anyone interested in the (pre)history of Singapore might be interested in this series of lectures to be held at the National Museum of Singapore. The first lecture held on April 5 entitled Understanding Temasek – Myth and history of 14th century Singapore should deal with a lot of the archaeological data available.

(click on the image to download the brochure)

Malacca Museum break-in: Security firm sacked

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… and rightly so! The break-in, reported two weekends ago, saw the loss of three replica Portuguese pistols and eleven even more valuable kris (Malay daggers) from the History and Enthonography Museum in Malacca.


photo credit: SqueakyMarmot

Museum fires firm in charge of security after artefact theft
New Straits Times, 20 March 2008
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Museum Break: Antique weapons stolen from Melaka museum

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A number of priceless antique weapons were stolen from the Malaysian Historic and Ethnography Museum in Malacca, Malaysia over the weekend, chalking up a loss amounting to “millions of ringgit”.


photo credit: Marshall Astor – Food Pornographer

  • Antique keris and pistols stolen from museum (The Star, 16 March 2008)
  • Priceless Malaysian museum artifacts stolen (The Nation, 16 March 2008)
  • Malacca museum artefact theft is inside job: Police (New Straits Times, 16 March 2008)

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Orang Asli museum gets $4 million boost

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Orang Asli (‘original people’) refer to the small aborginal population who live in the hinterland of Malaysia. In Peninsular Malaysia, the three main groups of Orang Asli are the proto-Malays, the Semang (negritos) and the Senoi. They represent a very small part of the population, and the development of Malaysia in the last few decades have led to the encroachment of land in their grounds.

Govt allocates RM4m for orang asli museum
The Star, 20 Feb 2008
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