Talks & Lectures

LENSA WARISAN: Understanding Impact Assessments (EIAs, SIAs, and HIAs) by TPr Ishak Ariffin

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ABOUT THE LECTURE

This lecture will examine the methodology characterizing 3 different types of impact assessments which are employed in Malaysia. In order to ensure a robust and detailed impact assessment, the impact assessment process has been structured over a series of progressive and iterative stages. Join us as we will delve into the commonality in the different frameworks of Environmental (EIA), Social (SIA) and Heritage Impact Assessments (HIA).

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Ishak Ariffin is the Managing Director of via Natura (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a consultant for heritage, social and environmental conservation planning. With over 30 years experience, Ishak is a registered Town Planner, a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Planners and Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK). He is also a Registered Conservator with Jabatan Warisan Negara and a registered EIA Subject Specialist with the Department of Environment. He specializes in environmental planning and management, urban conservation as well as sustainable strategies and appraisals.

Admission: RM30 (RM20 for Badan Warisan members)
A packed lunch will be provided.
Limited to 25 participants.
To register email lensa@badanwarisan.org.my.

Lensa Warisan

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This is a series of monthly lectures & moderated discussions organized by Badan Warisan to explore key elements of built heritage conservation. Designed for architects, planners, academics as well as professionals involved in cultural expressions and heritage tourism, Lensa Warisan aims to promote greater knowledge sharing for more effective protection and management of our built and cultural heritage resources. Join us as we unravel a new topic every second Wednesday of the month at Badan Warisan Malaysia, No 2 Jalan Stonor, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

Wednesday 14 November 2018,
12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Understanding the Criteria for Listing of Buildings as Warisan Kebangsaan
By Ar. Dr. Helena Aman Hashim

Helena Hashim is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the Faculty of the Built Environment, University Malaya. A practicing architect with almost 30 years experience, she is a Registered Conservator with Jabatan Warisan Negara. Since the early 2000s, Helena has been involved in several conservation and restoration projects including on the award-winning Stadium Merdeka and most recently, the highly-acclaimed Masjid Diraja Sultan Suleiman, Klang.

This session will closely examine the criteria for listing of properties on the Daftar Warisan as found in Section 67 (2) of the National Heritage Act (2005). Together, we will critically weigh how the different criteria have been applied to buildings which are gazetted as Warisan Kebangsaan and also appraise how the application of these criteria hold up against that from other countries.

Next session:
Wednesday 12 December 2018,
12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Understanding Impact Assessments (EIAs, SIAs and HIAs)
By TPr Ishak Ariffin, Director, Via Natura Sdn Bhd

Admission: RM30 (RM20 for Badan Warisan members)
A packed lunch will be provided.
Limited to 25 participants.
To register email lensa@badanwarisan.org.my
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Talk on Memories of a Malaccan: A Pictorial Recollection of the 1920s to 1960s by Audrey Lim

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ABOUT THE TALK

Audrey has written “Memories of a Malaccan” as a tribute to her father, Lim Keng Watt (1909-1996). She has selected images from his vast collection of photographs and postcards and has drawn on his notes, documents and other memorabilia to highlight significant aspects of the socio-political scene of Malaya before, during and after World War II.  She will talk about her father’s life and times – as student and teacher, Scout, sportsman, soldier, musician and drama enthusiast. The nostalgic pictures and interesting mementos she shares will fascinate both general readers and history buffs

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Audrey Lim is a Founder-member of Malacca Theatre Group.  Has helped the MTG organise inter-school drama competitions.  Also acts and helps regularly in its productions.  Served as President of the MTG for 3 terms.  She wrote a book titled Write with Success originally published by Longmans, now revised and reprinted as Write It Right ; now in its 12th. edition.  Recently she wrote 2 short plays for the latest Malacca Theatre Group production Snippets held in November 2016, one of which was a historical but fictionalized play about her aunt who had been jailed by the Japanese during the Occupation, while the other Beauty and the Bard was in the finals of the Short and Sweet drama fest in KL.

Talk on The Future of Intangible Knowledge with Reference to Pua Kumbu by Dr. Welyne J. Jehom

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ABOUT THE TALK

The importance of intangible cultural heritage is the wealth of knowledge and skills that is transmitted through it from one generation to the next. Pua kumbu, a tie and natural dye resist textile in Sarawak, has long been known as sacred traditional cloths woven on backstrap looms by the Iban women weavers. As an aesthetic material culture, the pua kumbu possesses a unique identity that carries the legend, stories and rhymes that are inseparable from the traditional Iban cosmology and belief system. Once a ritualistic cloth, at present day, the pua kumbu has become only the symbol of Iban identity and cultural pride because of transformations in their belief system, way of life and education.

The knowledge and skills in the production of pua kumbu are becoming very scarce amongst the young generation of Iban women, most of whom treat this intangible cultural heritage as the knowledge and skills of their grandmothers. It is becoming a dying art. Collective memory seems to be the only way to restore the fragments of knowledge and skills of pua kumbu production – identification of the name of design, motif, rhyme and story for each design ever produced in the past. The application of memories of pua kumbu narratives as the path to identify each pua kumbu ever produced is guarded by traditional intellectual property rights owned by families who have the recognized ownership of designs; it can give both positive and negative impacts in the work of conservation and restoration of the knowledge.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Dr. Welyne Jeffrey Jehom is currently under the Department Of Anthropology And Sociology in the Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences of the University of Malaya.

She is of Bidayuh descent, born and raised in Kuching, Sarawak. She is motivated to be in the academic world in an effort to prove the highest of education qualifications is achievable despite having limited resources available and being a woman – one needs is the motivation. Therefore, in Dr. Welyne’s research in recent years, she focuses on problems that hinders development and the progress of the community she is dear to, and research that deals with the development of the community from within

Talk on Care and Conservation of Manuscripts and Books (II) by Alex Teoh

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ABOUT THE TALK

Alex Teoh is a paper and book conservator, active in restoration and collection care for rare manuscripts, collectable prints, ephemera, antique maps and antiquarian books. Trained in the UK, he has been working on various heritage centres, libraries and private collection in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. Since his first talk/presentation at Badan Warisan in 2012, Alex returns to share further on the conservation and restoration scene in Malaysia and our Nusantara area.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Alex is a member of the International Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) and the Society of Bookbinders in the UK. Locally he is a member of Badan Warisan Malaysia and Manassa (The Indonesian Association of Nusantara Manuscripts)

Brought To Delight: Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque Exhibition

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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

BROUGHT TO DELIGHT
20th Aug – 8th Sept 2018, 10am – 6pm
Main Lobby, PAM Centre
FREE admission

As part of a collaboration and partnership between Badan Warisan Malaysia, Linea Architect Sdn Bhd with KLAF2018 and Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM), BROUGHT TO DELIGHT is an exhibition featuring the recently conserved Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque, Klang, curated and produced by Badan Warisan Malaysia.

ABOUT THE MOSQUE

The Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque was officiated as the Suleiman Jamiur Rahmah Mosque when it was completed in 1933. The building was designed as an octagonal garden pavilion-like structure at the foot of the old Astana Mahkota Puri in Klang. It was the largest concrete structure in Malaya in 1933 – quite an engineering feat at a time when reinforced concrete was relatively new.

An Art Deco edifice, the mosque stands as one of the most unique religious architecture in the country. The ambitious project involved close consultations with the fifth Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Alaeddin Suleiman Shah, who selected the site and vetted through the design and planning details. Design credits go to the architect, Leofric Kesteven (Chairman of the Malayan Institute of Architects from 1931 to 1933); John Thomas Chester, the reinforced concrete specialist attached to United Engineers Ltd; and Rodolfo Nolli, the Singapore based Italian sculptor who worked on the ornaments of the building.

The mosque has stood for over eight decades, but not without transformations to its interior and Ablution Pavilion, affecting its original design intentions. Jabatan Kerja Raya Negeri Selangor, with assistance from the Jabatan Warisan Negara and Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor, had successfully completed the restoration of the mosque in November 2017. The building has been brought back to its original 1933 appearance (as closely as possible), which includes the uncovering of colourful bas-reliefs adorning its upper walls and its original sunken ablution pond.

As consultants to Jabatan Kerja Raya Negeri Selangor, Linea Architect Sdn. Bhd. and Badan Warisan Heritage Services had worked together in recording the original architectural details and the construction process involved in the restoration of the Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque from 2015 to 2017. These records serve as references to understand Malaya’s architectural scene in the early 1930s and would be displayed at PAM Centre from 20th to 26th August 2018.

The Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque was placed under the National Heritage list in 2012. A ceremony to mark the completion of its restoration took place on 3 November 2017, officiated by the Sultan of Selangor, HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj.

Talk on Valley of Hope: Sungai Buloh Settlement

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ABOUT THE TALK

In line with recent efforts to obtain UNESCO World Heritage status, Pusat Kawalan Kusta Negara and Majlis Penempatan Sungai Buloh have co-hosted Malaysia’s first International VERNADOC Camp where participants from Portugal, France, Thailand and Malaysia documented the heritage buildings in the Valley of Hope. This event, which took place from 3-17 March 2018, was jointly organized by Association of Siamese Architect and Suriwong Group.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Originating from Finland, the term ‘VERNADOC’ (vernacular documentation) refers to a methodology of vernacular architecture study that emphasizes the information and data collection on site using basic techniques to produce high quality measured drawings. Having gained international recognition, the use of VERNADOC is expected to result in drawings that will provide an insight into the heritage element to the value of measured buildings with the goal of incentivizing building owners and inspiring community members to join hands in conserving those buildings.