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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 11 October 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

Creativity within institutional structure

Iwona Szmelter*


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

Innovative Care for Classical and Contemporary Cultural Movable Heritage:

Ideas, 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*



Naing Naing Aye



Andrew Henderson




Misako Ito




Daw Nyo Nyo Than


















Professor, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France


UNESCO, Yangon, Myanmar



UNESCO Bangkok, Thailand



UNESCO Bangkok, Thailand


Department of Archaeology, Yangon Office, Yangon, Myanmar

Sustainable Preservation of Analogue Photographs in a Hot and Humid Climate

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

Preserving and Promoting the Value of the Han 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*



Deputy Director-General for Museums, 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*


Guiding Staff, Ho Chi Minh’s working and living spaces in the Presidential palace compound

Experience in the Preservation of Documents and Objects at Ho Chi Minh’s Working and Living Spaces in the Presidential Palace Compound

Session 4: Material and Methods

Phyllis Koh*



Lynn Chua


Conservator (Paper), Heritage Conservation Centre


Conservation Scientist, Heritage Conservation Centre

Immortalising Saint Giong: Conservation and Analysis of a Vietnamese Painting on Paper

Tay Jam Meng*


Paper and Photograph Conservator, Global Specialised Services Pte Ltd

Conservation of a Large Ambrotype (Collodion Positive) Portrait by Woodbury & Page – A Case Study

Clare Lim*


Conservator (Objects), Heritage Conservation Centre

Wax On... Wax Off? Investigating Nd: YAG Laser Cleaning as a Method of Removing Wax Coatings from Iron Alloy Surfaces

Sylvia Haliman*


Conservator (Objects), Heritage Conservation Centre

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

Session 6: Technology in Collections Care

Damian Lizun*


Senior 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 Processes: The Singapore Collections Management System Story

Session 7: Science in Art and Heritage Materials

Lynn Chua*



Irene Dominguez*


Conservation Scientist, Heritage Conservation Centre


Conservator (Paintings), Heritage Conservation Centre

Analysis and Cleaning Tests of Zinc-Type Haze on Oil-Based Portrait Paintings of The Peranakans Mr And Mrs Tan Beng Wan

Saneh Mahaphol





Sopit Panyakhan*


Director and Scientific Conservator, Conservation Science Division, Office of National Museums, The Fine Arts Department, Thailand


Scientific Conservator, Conservation Science Division, Office of National Museums, The Fine Arts Department, Thailand

Research on Classification of Red Paint Layer on Ban Chiang Pottery using Non-Destructive Techniques

Zhou Ping*


Deputy Director, Shaanxi Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage

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

Session 8: Preservation and Access to Libraries, Archives, Films, and Museums’ Collections

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

Preservation of Audio-visual & Time-based Media Assets for the Future

Ho Swee Ann*


Senior Manager (Cataloguing), Heritage Conservation Centre

Heritage Cataloguing: The HCC Experience

Session 9: Storage and Environment

Kannasamon Kamuta*


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

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




Cheng Tan



Assistant Collections Manager, Heritage Conservation Centre


Conservator (Textiles), Heritage Conservation Centre


Conservator (Textiles), Heritage Conservation Centre


Collections Manager, Heritage Conservation Centre

An Evaluation of Hanging Storage for Garments in Heritage Conservation Centre

Chiraporn  Aranyanark*


Conservator / Conservation Scientist, Visiting lecturer, Silpakorn University Bangkok, Thailand

Sustainable Approach for Humidity Control in the Tropics

Poster Presentations

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