Sunday, 20 September, 2015 - 07:00 to Friday, 25 September, 2015 - 07:00
Venue: Gugong Institute, the Palace Museum
Led by a team of nine distinguished lecturers from IIC and Palace Museum, the inaugural course hosted 20 participants from different institutions across mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, India, Egypt, Qatar, Canada, Barbados and Mexico. The diversity of the participants’ backgrounds and experience provided an engaging environment in which they could learn from one another’s museum and cultural backgrounds and their differing approaches to familiar problems.
With the theme of preventive conservation - a topic that is of profound interest in the field of heritage preservation and collection management - the inaugural course was devised to review the current methodologies and applications, and to inform participants about current approaches to the formulation of priorities and strategies for preventive conservation in their own institutions. There was also a session dedicated to condition assessments in various locations within the environs of the Palace Museum, such as the Qianlong Garden. Participants in small groups were assigned specific tasks with guiding questions and the results of these were a fruitful analysis and exchange of views in an informal atmosphere, made just before the session concluded.
Coinciding with the 90th anniversary of the Palace Museum, participants were able to enjoy the privilege of visiting the Museum’s recently refurbished conservation laboratories, the newly revealed areas of the magnificent palatial architecture, as well as a selection of thematic exhibitions in celebration of the anniversary. Together, the course provided a setting for conservation professionals to acquire the necessary expertise as well as to broaden their international perspectives and networks.