Senior Australian heritage delegation in Malaysia, signs MoU - 01 Nov 2018

A visiting six-member senior Australian museum and heritage expert’s delegation has signed a memorandum of understanding between Think City and AusHeritage to further an on-going cooperation.

The experts have visited the Islamic Arts Museum and Museum Negara and met with Malaysian heritage bodies, including Think City, National Heritage Department, Tourism Arts and Culture Ministry, the George Town World Heritage Incorporated and Penang Heritage Trust.

The delegation also met with the Deputy Minister of Tourism Arts and Culture, Encik Muhammed Bakhtiar, and the Heritage Commissioner, Dato Dr Zainah Ibrahim. The heritage delegation is visiting Kuala Lumpur and Penang, October 29-November 1.

The delegation with Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Mr Muhammad Bakhtiar and Commissioner of Heritage Dato Dr Zainah Ibrahim

The delegation includes: museum specialist and AusHeritage Chair, Vinod Daniel; built heritage specialist and Deputy Chair, Roger Beeston; cultural tourism expert Graham Ormsby; heritage interpretation specialist, David Huxtable; heritage interiors conservator and risk preparedness expert, Robyn Riddett and buildings conservation technologist Barry Cooper.

Hosting a reception for the delegation, HE Andrew Goledzinowski, Australia’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, said that he was delighted to note the long history of cooperation between AusHeritage and Malaysian heritage organisations and was keen for this to continue.

The delegation with Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia HE Andrew Goledzinowski

Vinod Daniel, Chair, AusHeritage, said he has visited Malaysia several times over the past 20 years, and most recently, to deliver capacity building for museum professionals in collaboration with Museum Negara.

“It is a two-way knowledge exchange between Malaysian and Australian heritage practioners and the delegation has had an opportunity to visit several heritage sites in Kuala Lumpur and Penang where significant conservation work has been carried out.”

Signing the MOU

Mr Daniel noted that Australian heritage professionals have been involved with projects in Malaysia. Including the Kapitan Keling Mosque, Suffolk House, the George Town World Heritage Site and several museums and built heritage capacity building projects.