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In conjunction with the Revolusi! Exhibition , Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jakarta have organized an Expert Meeting in the Netherlands on 16-20 May 2022 for the six Indonesian museums that have lent their collections for the exhibition. They have seen and discussed the exhibition on the first day of the Expert Meeting, and also exchanged information about lending museum collections and public education programs. For the rest of the week, they have visited various depots and museums, especially those that have collections and plans for exhibitions about Indonesia.  This kind of program is a long-term visioned effort for both countries to enhance cooperation, build understanding, and bridge gaps, in museum development and the possibilities of exchange collections in the future. Indonesia and the Netherlands share a history that opens up countless possibilities for a shared exhibition from various angles and perspectives.  It has been a hect


Para arsitek di Medan membantu Museum Perkebunan Indonesia (Musperin) untuk mentransformasi gedung bersejarah AVROS dan BKPPS yang sangat cantik menjadi museum-museum yang hidup dan menarik. Transformasi sebuah gedung menjadi museum bukan pekerjaan mudah bagi para arsitek. Selain itu, mendirikan museum yang secara ekonomi bisa mandiri dan secara sosial bisa berkontribusi pada masyarakat juga menjadi tantangan bagi para pekerja museum. Ada referensi dalam Bahasa Inggris (2019, Job Roos, Dorus Hoebink, Arjen Kok, Metamorphosis: Transformation of Dutch Museums, ISBN 9789463661805) yang mungkin bisa menjadi inspirasi bagi para arsitek dan pekerja museum di Indonesia. Referensi ini ditulis berdasarkan pengalaman puluhan museum di Belanda yang melakukan transformasi secara fisik, ekonomi, dan sosial sejak tahun 1990 hingga sekarang. Buku bisa diunduh gratis melalui link ini Metamorphosis: Transformation of Dutch Museums

24th Anniversary of Sumatra Heritage Trust

On 29 April 2022 Sumatra Heritage Trust or in Indonesian called BWS (Beranda Warisan Sumatra) celebrated its 24th anniversary. As one of the founders and the former Executive Director (1998-2005), I am happy for them and proud that the younger generation continues the ideal to raise awareness about cultural heritage. It has never been easy and will never be easy to keep the ideal and to share it with many stakeholders for a long time.  An ideal can fade away easily. It needs to be communicated continuously and promoted tirelessly. What helps is that we are passionate about cultural heritage. Passions keep us all motivated. At least that is my experience. After more than 30 years of working and being active in cultural heritage, I never get bored with cultural heritage. I see cultural heritage everywhere I go and that makes my work interesting, always.  I do hope that BWS will survive for another 24 years, another 24 years, and another 24 years. These are pictures sent by BWS from Medan


Riak Ramadhan di Siak   Kamis, 28 April 2022 15.00-17.00 WIB Pembicara Cindy Shandoval Pendiri Komunitas Heritage Hero Moderator Imam Tri Putra Sukarelawan Beranda Warisan Sumatra (BWS)   Media: Zoom Cloud Meeting dan Facebook Live Streaming (Link pendaftaran dapat langsung digunakan 10 menit sebelum acara dimulai) Live Streaming di Facebook Page BWS:   Pendaftaran: sertifikat tersedia sesuai permintaan   Narahubung: 085262036767 (WA Only) Diselenggarakan oleh Jaringan Sumatra untuk Pelestarian Pusaka (Pansumnet) dan Beranda Warisan Sumatra (BWS) Silaturahmi ngabuburit Pansumnet di bulan penuh berkah ini akan bercerita tentang keseruan anak muda Siak di Bulan Ramadhan. Siak yang kental dengan budaya dan tradisi adat Melayu tentunya memberikan sebuah cerita dan pengalaman yang menarik untuk disimak. Khususnya di bulan Ramadhan, masyarakat Siak memiliki tradisi menyambut bul

Reflections from Archiving Colonial Archives: Past, Present, and Future

Heritage Webinar Series #7 Voices of Indonesia Reflections from Archiving Colonial Archives: Past, Present, and Future Wednesday, April 20, 2022 10.00-12.00 CET or 15.00 -17.00 WIB Speakers:  Risma Manurung and Jajang Nurjaman Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia Registration: or joint directly with this information of  Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 840 1244 9888 Passcode: q3y*3spoZc Organized by: Heritage hands-on, Indonesian Diaspora Network the Netherlands (IDN-NL), and IDN Liveable Cities (IDN-LC). Contact: Hasti Tarekat ( )   Nasional Arsip Republik Indonesia, ANRI, in Jakarta has inherited archives from the Dutch-Indies period. They become the source of information to understand the past, to see the link with the present, and to vision the future. How does ANRI manage the archives? What do they do to take a part in raising awaren

A New Life for the White House of Weltevreden

Heritage Webinar Series #6  Voices of Indonesia A New Life for the White House of Weltevreden Wednesday, March 23, 2022 13.00-15.00 CET or 19.00-21.00 WIB Discussion is in English   Speakers: Nadia Purwestri & Arya Abieta IAI Pusat Dokumentasi Arsitektur-PDA (Center for Architecture Documentation) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 921 6195 7630 Passcode: 265446 Organized by: Heritage hands-on, Indonesian Diaspora Network the Netherlands (IDN-NL), and IDN Liveable Cities (IDN-LC).  Contact: Hasti Tarekat ( ) The headquarters of the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, A.A. Maramis Building in Jakarta used to be called the White House of Weltevreden. Weltevreden was a southern suburb of old Batavia. The construction was started in 1809 with the intention to build a private residence of Herman Willem Daendels (1808-1811). The construction stopped for a while in 1811 and continued in 1826 b


Always happy to get in touch with friends and colleagues from the field during the webinar of Pansumnet about manual documentation of vernacular architecture in  Muntok, South Bangka, Sumatra by Vernadoc Indonesia.   Vernadoc tries to document vernacular architecture manually. A skill that is fading away for the younger generation. It takes time of putting all information on paper with a pencil and pen. As the speaker, Prof. Dr, Kemas Ridwan Kurniawan, said, it is a slow process of understanding and loving the vernacular architecture. You wouldn't do it if you are in rush.  A kind of mindfulness exercise especially for the young architects.


  February 17, 2022, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands has apologized to Indonesia for what the Netherlands has done during the period of 1945-1949. A deep excuse, he said. This is the third time that the representatives of the Netherlands apologize to Indonesia. In 2005, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the first, and in 2020 the King of the Netherlands was the second. The third apology followed the launching of the results of the multiyear research on Independence, Decolonization, Violence and War in Indonesia 1945-1950.  The launching began early in the morning through a live stream in two languages (Dutch and English). There are many results of this research in publications and audio-visual documentation. This factsheet shows a comprehensive but compact overview.      What do the Indonesians think about the research? If the Director-General of Culture, Hilmar Farid,  as a representative of the Indonesian Government might be considered to represent Indonesia, it is worth read


Heritage Webinar Series #5 Voices of Indonesia Wednesday, February 16, 2022 13.00-15.00 CET or 19.00-21.00 WIB Discussion is in English The "Spice Route" Narratives as a Medium for Production of Knowledge Speaker Kumoratih Kushardjanto Chairperson of Negeri Rempah Foundation Registration via this link: Organized by: Heritage hands-on , Indonesian Diaspora Network the Netherlands (IDN-NL), and IDN Liveable Cities (IDN-LC). Contact Hasti Tarekat Spices became a reason for European trading vessels to come to the Indonesian archipelago. It was the history of survival, competition, violence, and repression. Fast forward to the 21st century. How do the Indonesians interpret this history and what do they want to do with it? Negeri Rempah (Spices Land) Foundation is one of the leading players in promoting narratives of spices history amongst the Indonesians, especially the young generation. 


Legal protection of historical buildings and sites has been a long struggle in Indonesia. It is important to establish a solid legal base as a foundation for the heritage movement in the long run. And that is only a fraction of the whole story because after the legal base is set up, another challenge comes up how to enforce the law and regulation into practice.  Medan and Sawahlunto are two of the examples in Indonesia as cities that have been trying to have effective local regulations to protect historical buildings and sites. I like to quote the Beatles lyrics, “it has been a long and winding road” in many facets. From the 1990s up to now. One step at a time. Rise and fall.  Isnen Fitri from Medan and Rahmat Gino from Sawahlunto can tell us all what they have been through. Discussion is in Bahasa Indonesia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Penetapan Cagar Budaya Kota Medan dan Sawahlunto  Rabu, 26 Januari 2022 19.00-21.00 WIB Pembicara Rahmat Gino Sea Games, ST., MT Dinas Kebudayaan Peninggalan

De Tjolomadoe Adaptive Reuse

Invitation Heritage Webinar Series #4 Voices of Indonesia De Tjolomadoe Adaptive Reuse Wednesday, January 19, 2022 13.00-15.00 CET or 19.00-21.00 WIB Discussion is in English Speakers Sinur Linda Gustina, Director of Corporate Strategies and HCM PT PP (Persero) Tbk Yuke Ardhiati, architect and lecturer, Universitas Pancasila   Registration: Organized by: Heritage hands-on , Indonesian Diaspora Network the Netherlands (IDN-NL), and IDN Liveable Cities (IDN-LC). Contact Hasti Tarekat ( ) De Tjolomadoe sugar factory in Surakarta was built in 1862 by the principality ruler Mangkunegara IV. The factory was part of the sugar industry in Java as the world’s second-largest sugar exporter after Cuba in its heyday. The development of de Tjolomadoe Factory has contributed to the success of the sugar industry by setting a production record of 30 million tons in 1930 and has become an export commodity.