Collections care: Staying relevant in changing times, ASEAN and Beyond – Singapore 2019

Heritage Conservation Centre in Singapore will be holding its first ever international conference on Collections care: Staying relevant in changing times, ASEAN and Beyond.

About the conference:

The event 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. The conference will also include a poster presentation session, a welcome cocktail reception and an optional half-day tour.

Conference theme broadly covers:

  • Customised approaches or innovative use of technology in strengthening collections management or care;
  • Interdisciplinary and contextual approaches to conservation of traditional and contemporary works of art and artefacts;
  • Strategies in keeping and accessing digital collections;
  • Enhancing access to and research of collections through collection cataloguing and knowledge management; and
  • Application of scientific analysis in characterising and understanding the properties of materials found in the region.

More information about the conference programme and registration information can be found on the conference website:

Key registration information:

Early Bird Registration (25 April to 26 August 2019) – 350 SGD

Normal Registration (from 27 August) – 500 SGD

Julia Mackay
Registrar, Exhibitions and Collections @ Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Julia holds a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies and a Master of Art History, both attained from the University of Sydney. She began her career in Registration at the Museum of Contemporary Art, which provided rich and invaluable experience in working directly with artists, along with private and institutional lenders. From there she moved to the State Library of New South Wales, working in a small team who manage the outgoing and incoming loans program and oversee the registration aspect of exhibitions throughout the Library. More recently Julia worked at Sydney Living Museums, managing the registration aspects of temporary exhibitions held at the Museum of Sydney. Julia recently joined the Registration team at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences as Registrar, Exhibitions and Incoming Loans.

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