Showing posts from March, 2021

Reviving the Deli Planters!

  Industrial Heritage of Indonesia Series #1 Reviving the Deli Planters! Indonesian Plantation Museum ( Museum Perkebunan Indonesia -Musperin) An exemplary public-private partnership in heritage conservation of Indonesia. Two plantation museums in 5 years period is a relatively huge achievement for the industrial heritage of Indonesia. This is only possible with the ideal combination of financial support of the plantation state company, in this case, PTPN II, museum professional executive the board led by Sri Hartini, and active involvement of community organizations like Sumatra Heritage Trust. Soedjai Kartasasmita, the leading figure of plantation industry of Indonesia has taken an initiative to establish a museum to convey history of plantation of the country to the young generation. He was and is still supported by the energetic museum director, Sri Hartini, to fulfill the dream. The museum was formally opened on 10 December 2016 at a complex of historical buildings in Me


Pan Sumatra Network for Heritage Conservation (Pansumnet) presents:   FACES OF SUMATRA: 500 Postcards 1900-1945’ by Scott Merrillees There is a saying that a picture speaks a thousand words and a postcard sends a thousand messages. Scott Merrillees, author of a published book ‘FACES OF SUMATRA: 500 Postcards 1900-1945’ in 2019. The book highlights the diversity of the people of Indonesia before independence was declared on 17 August 1945. There are 500 postcards presented in six chapters—Sumatra, Java, Bali, and Lombok, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Eastern Indonesia.  This time Scott will talk about the 96 postcards in Chapter One: SUMATRA. Wednesday, 24 March 2021 15:00 - 17:00 Jakarta Time 19:00 - 21:00 Melbourne Time (Zoom cloud meeting & Facebook Live Streaming)   Registration:


Several years ago I was at NAi (the old name of the New Institute, Rotterdam) for a meeting. When I  was walking to the exit door passing by the library, all of sudden, I saw a picture of a palm tree on a desk library. My tropical DNA instinctively rang and I shouted, "Palm tree!" The man who was using the reference book looked up and smiled.  That man was Obbe Norbruis who becomes a good friend of mine. When he was in the library, he tried to collect information about the architecture bureau Hulswit-Fermont-Cuypers in the Dutch Indies. He wrote two books about the subject in Dutch and now they are also available in English.  The launching of the English version is tomorrow, 8 March 2021.  I am lucky to bump into a friend like Obbe. He is diligent and perseverant in following his passions to write something that he thinks will be useful for the shared heritage of Indonesia and the Netherlands.  Besides a good writer, he is also a good speaker. I listened to his presentations


What we are lucky to live in an era when new ways of communication are discovered continuously. The latest discovery is Clubhouse, a platform to exchange thoughts or simply to chat. Personal or professional. The four ladies from Indonesia Diaspora Netherlands, Task Force Liveable Cities keep up with this new trend. On Thursday, 4 March, we are going to talk to the audience in Indonesia about public space, housing, heritage, and landscape, in an informal way. If this medium is useful to spread positivism, I am in.