Following a recent visit to the National Heritage Board (NHB) in Singapore by AusHeritage vice chairman Roger Beeston, AusHeritage members Charlotte Galloway, Alex Marsden and Ian Cook met with delegates from the NHB, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the National Museum of Singapore in Australia during October 2015.
The purpose of the MCCY/NHB tour to Australia was to promote the development of Australian partnerships/networks in the arts and heritage with Singapore with the aim of achieving higher levels of regional cooperation and the strengthening the capabilities of Singapore’s museums and heritage professionals.
The MCCY and NHB are looking to expand their capabilities in museum and heritage management locally as well as their influence and contribution to strengthening regional skills. The Culture Academy Singapore is seen as an important mechanism in meeting these goals and the NHB flagged that it is keen to support the strengthening of museum and heritage management across ASEAN in particular.
Areas covered in discussions covered:
* Materials conservation development, including opportunities for study and internships in Australia.
* Curatorial methods especially related to ‘story telling’ with respect to exhibitions and the presentation of objects.
* The development of policy and standards related to museum practice e.g. labeling and associated texts.
* Their Distinguished Speaker Series which has focused on Europe and the US participants to date.
* The need for workshops and master classes especially related to museum practice and curatorial methodology.
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