Shortage of conservators in Malaysia

A feature on a conservator at the National Museum of Malaysia, and how there are not enough conservators to look after the country’s artifacts.

More Artefacts Call For More Conservators
Bernama, 04 January 2012

Artefact conservation is a priority at the Museum Department. Every conservator will delve into all aspects of the field and become a specialist consultant whether locally or overseas.

According to the department’s director-general Datuk Ibrahim Ismail, there are five conservators and seven assistants with the knowledge of artefact conservation at the department’s Conservation Centre.

“The department also has trainee conservators at smaller museums under it. The question is whether the number is sufficient for the care of the ever increasing number of artefacts,” he asked.

Ibrahim said the burgeoning collection of artefacts also meant lengthier storage, which translates to a higher degree of required care.

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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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