[Lecture] Jakarta: Past and Present

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For readers in Bangkok, there will be a a couple of talks at the Siam Society on the archaeology and urban conservation of Jakarta. The speakers are Annissa M. Gultom (Archaeology) and Bambang Eryudhawan (Urban Conservation). Admission is free. (Disclosure: I am personally involved in organising this event as part of my work at SEAMEO SPAFA).

SEAMEO SPAFA in cooperation with The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage Present
Jakarta: Past and Present
The SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) and the Siam Society will organize two lectures on the archaeology and urban conservation of Jakarta, as part of SEAMEO SPAFA’s lecture series on the archaeology of the Capitals of Southeast Asia. The first set of lectures, focusing on Jakarta, will be delivered on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at 18.30-20.30 hrs. at the Siam Society. The event is free of charge.

Details here.

UNESCO Jakarta is looking for an intern

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UNESCO Jakarta is looking for an intern! Applications close on 13 April 2016.

UNESCO Office Jakarta, Culture Unit, welcomes interns in the field of Culture. The purpose of the UNESCO Internship programme is to offer selected graduate and postgraduate students in the field of Culture, the opportunity to supplement their academic knowledge with practical work assignments and to enable them to gain a better understanding of UNESCO’s mandate and programmes. The duration of an internship in UNESCO Office Jakarta generally ranges between 4 and 6 months

Full details here.

Jakarta’s Old Town to be nominated for Unesco World Heritage

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Indonesia has kicked off the process to nominate Jakarta’s Old Town – Kota Tua – into the World Heritage list.

Kota Tua, Jakarta

Kota Tua strong contender in UNESCO heritage nominees list
Jakarta Post, 04 February 2015

After months of preparation by the city administration and the Jakarta Old Town Revitalization Corporation (JOTRC), North Jakarta’s Kota Tua has officially been nominated as Indonesia’s representative for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List of significant cultural and natural sites.

Kota Tua has passed the first of many steps required for a site to be selected as a World Heritage Site. Once the site is nominated, a committee will draft a nomination file, which will be submitted to UNESCO for its advisory bodies to review its authenticity and importance.

The advisory bodies then send the applications to the World Heritage Committee for a final review.

Full story here.

Spotlight on Indonesia's museum conservators

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The Jakarta Post had a double feature on the publicly funded Conservation Institute, responsible for the conservation of Jakarta’s museum. Like most conservation agencies, they suffer from a lack of funding and manpower, as well as a lack of confidence from private collectors.

Museum conservation specialists step up
Jakarta Post, 11 September 2008

Local restorers have yet to gain credibility
Jakarta Post, 11 September 2008
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Indonesian museums face the future

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14 September 2007 (Jakarta Post) – Two stories featuring the museums in Jakarta, both concerned with how to make museums more relevant for a future, different public.

Indonesian National Museum
Creative commons picture by superciliousness.

Museums ‘need a new funding scheme’ to grow in the future

A new funding scheme is needed to enable city-run museums to expand their preservation and promotional activities and to encourage more visitors to enjoy Indonesia’s cultural and heritage collections, an official said.

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