In Memory of The International Course on “Conservation of Collections and Intangible Heritage” organized by CollAsia2010, ICCROM, SEAMEO-SPAFA, The Getty Foundation, and Brunei Museums Department, Negara Brunei Darussalam held on 13 – 26 March 2011.
In remembering of the course I have participated, my memory is still with the expectations that we should achieve together. Particularly, it is our need to ‘learn new skill’, ‘learn how to link Intangible Cultural Heritage with Tangible Heritage’, ‘exchange of ideas’, ‘be able to make difference regarding Conservation of Heritage’, ‘be able to transfer knowledge and skill learn to colleagues’, and ‘networking opportunities’. And, all of these expectations of course to enable us to ‘explain ICH’, ‘what is it’ and ‘why it is so’, ‘what is it significant’, and ‘who decides what is important’. We have studied all these questions together in the task analysis given throughout the fourteen days of the course held and presented by Kolam, Pudarno, Jay, Kevin, Katriina, Ana, Masanori, and Jeremy as the anchor and notes persons.
The best thing during our learning context it is our site visit to Kampong Merimbun Heritage Park Complex, where we talk to the local community and community members about their traditional handcraft and dances on Saturday 19 March 2011. It was our sixth days in our Leaders in Conservation Education for the Intangible Cultural Heritage as Collection site visit, and touring in groups. It is very impressive, because we found there is so many mindscape and key issues in need for solve and discuss it together, such as how we do ‘mapping what’s important’ to these people regarding to their stories, songs, dance, object-making processes, food-making and preservation.
A year’s came from participated in this course, I am also moving forward to joined others in The Capacity Building Workshop for the Implementation of UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held on 25 - 28 November 2013 organized by Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, in Negara Brunei Darussalam, and also had been attended the SEAMEO-APCEIU COLLABORATION Regional Meeting on Cultural Understanding: Everyday Objects from Southeast Asia and Korea in Seoul, Republic of Korea held on 24 - 25 September 2014 which is followed by the publication of the book entitled 100 Everyday Objects fromSoutheast Asia and Korea by APCEIU, SEAMEO-SPAFA and SEAMEO Secretariat: Seoul 2015.
Now, after more than ten years with research, and attended a several training and courses within our museums, I also achieved a number of goals that aspire by, included as the author and co-editor for the Canon: the Brunei heritage treasures, Brunei Cultural Bibliography, and Subung: transcription and translation, a books which is honestly published by Brunei Museums Department. And, on this occasion as well, I wish Happy 50th Anniversary to SEAMEO-SPAFA and to the members’, and to my friends which has been involve within this said memories.