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National Museum of Singapore


23 October 2019: 8:00am – 5:00pm

24 October 2019: 8:30am – 5.00pm

25 October 2019: 8.30am – 6.15pm


SGD 350.00 (Early Bird till 26 August 2019)

SGD 500.00 (Normal)

SGD 350.00 (Members of ICOM and Museum Roundtable and Students)

About the event

The international conference is organised by Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC) and will take place from 23 to 25 October 2019 at the National Museum of Singapore. The conference theme is Collections Care: Staying Relevant in Changing Times, ASEAN & Beyond. Focusing on cross-disciplinary nature of collections care, the conference aims to contextualise challenges and solutions through shared experiences, and to celebrate advancements, while strengthening and forging relationships within the profession.

The 3-day conference hopes to bring together a diverse pool of cultural workers ranging from collection managers and registrars, to conservators and scientists, including librarians, archivist, cataloguers, and curators from various cultural institutions to engage in dialogue.

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Conference Programme


Authors, Speakers & Titles

Note: '*' denotes speaker

Information accurate as of 5 April 2019

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Session 1: Rethinking Collections Care

Dinah Eastop*

United Kingdom

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Archaeology, UCL

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Glasgow

Visiting Academic, University of Southampton


Lalitha Thiagarajah


Conservator (Analytic Unit), DAMM Conservation Centre, Islamic Arts Museum, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur


Iwona Szmelter*


Head of “NOVUM” Interdepartmental Division, Conservation Faculty, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

The Care for Classical and Contemporary Cultural Heritage in Collections; Ideas, Intent, Valuation, New Technologies, Materials, Research and Methods

Sandra Smith*

United Kingdom

Head of Collection Care, British Museum

Looking to the Future: Collection Care at the British Museum

Session 2: Preservation Strategies and Solutions I

Bertrand Lavédrine*


Professor, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France

Director, Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections (CRCC), Paris

Challenges and Sustainable Solutions for Preserving Photographs in A Hot and Humid Climate: The Case of the Glass Plates Negative Collection of the Department of Archaeology of Myanmar

Virginia S. Raymundo*


Senior Archivist, Archives Preservation Division, National Archives of the Philippines

Perseveration and Survey Strategies of Paper Based Records at the National Archives of the Philippines

Phạm Thị Kiều Giang*


Deputy Head of Preservation Division, National Library of Vietnam

Preservation and Promotion of the Value of Nôm Document Store at The National Library of Vietnam

Session 3: Preservation Strategies and Solutions II

Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador, Ph.D.



Marites Paz-Tauro*


Assistant Director, National Museum


Museum Curator I, Ethnology Division, National Museum

Engaging Museum Audiences through Protection and Promotion of Collection at The National Museum of The Philippines

Lim Chen Sian*


Associate Fellow, Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre Archaeology Unit, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

Determining the Archaeological Collection 

Le Thi Thanh Loan*


Official, Ho Chi Minh’s Relics in the Presidential Palace compound

Some Experience in The Preservation of Ho Chi Minh’s Vestige Compound in The Presidential Palace

Session 4: Material and Methods

Phyllis Koh*



Lynn Chua


Conservator (Paper), Heritage Conservation Centre


Conservation Scientist, Heritage Conservation Centre

Conservation and Analysis of a Fragile Vietnamese Painting

Tay Jam Meng*


Paper Conservator, Global Specialised Services

The Conservation Of Collodion Positive – Case Study

Clare Lim*


Assistant Conservator (Objects), Heritage Conservation Centre

Wax On… Wax Off? Investigating Nd-YAG Laser Cleaning as a Method of Removing Wax Coatings from Iron Surfaces

Sylvia Haliman*


Conservator (Objects), Heritage Conservation Centre

Method, Materials and Ethics: An Investigation on the Repairs of an Alms Bowl from Cambodia

Session 6: Technology in Collections Care

Damian Lizun*


Conservator (Paintings), Heritage Conservation Centre

Reconstructing the Lost: Technical Analysis and Digital Reconstruction Supporting the Treatment of a Portrait of Sir Song Ong Siang

Darren Wong*


Assistant Director (Collections Management), Heritage Conservation Centre

Use of Technology in Collections Management: HCC’s RFID Experience

Tan Pei Qi*


Assistant Director (Knowledge and Information Management), Heritage Conservation Centre

Streamlining of Processes – the Singapore Collections Management System Story

Session 7: Science in Art and Heritage Materials

Saneh Mahaphol





Sopit Panyakhan*


Director, Department of Conservation Science, Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture


Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science division, The Office of National Museums, Fine Arts Department , Ministry of Culture

Research on Classification of Red Paint Layer on the Ban Chiang Pottery by Non-destructive Techniques

Zhou Ping*


Head of Conservation Unit 1, Shaanxi Institute For The Preservation Of Cultural Heritage

Research On Gold Coating Craft Of Painted Earthen Sculpture In Ancient China

Lynn Chua*



Irene Dominguez


Conservation Scientist, Heritage Conservation Centre


Assistant Conservator (Paintings), Heritage Conservation Centre

Analysis and treatment of Zinc-type haze on oil-based portrait paintings

Session 8: Library, Archives and Media Art Collection Management

Monika Supruniuk*


Chief Conservator, Film Collections, National Film Archives


Karen Chan*


Executive Director, Asian Film Archive

Evolving to Transform

Adrian Chan*


Assistant Director, Sound and Moving Image Lab (SMIL) and Archive Conservation Lab, National Archives of Singapore



Ho Swee Ann*



Sheryl Lee




Afiqah Zainal



Senior Manager (Cataloguing), Heritage Conservation Centre


Assistant Manager (Cataloguing), Heritage Conservation Centre


Assistant Manager (Cataloguing), Heritage Conservation Centre

Heritage Cataloguing: The Heritage Conservation Centre Experience

Session 9: Storage and Environment

Kannasamon Kamuta*


Curator, Museum Storage and Information division, The Registrar, The Office of National Museums, Fine Arts Department

The National Museum Storage of Thailand: The Transformation from the Past to the Present and Heading to the Future

Tan Xue Miao*



Geraldine Sim



Vanessa Liew


Assistant Collections Manager, Heritage Conservation Centre


Assistant Conservator (Textiles), Heritage Conservation Centre


Assistant Conservator (Textiles), Heritage Conservation Centre

Hanging over Flat: An Evaluation of the Hanging Storage System in HCC

Chiraporn  Aranyanark*


Conservation Specialist, National Discovery Museum Institute

Sustainable Approach for Climate Control in the Tropics

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