From the start, preservation of the shared heritage has been high on the ASEMUS agenda. In 2003, an international workshop on the exchange of approaches to preservation and presentation was jointly organised by the Department of Museums and Antiquities in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage (ICCROM) and ASEF. The event was co-organised by the Swedish National Museums of World Culture (SMVK).
The preservation of shared heritage.
The three week (April 7th to 25th 2003) International workshop on “Flexible materials in Asian Collections, Exchange of Approaches to Conservation, Presentation and Use” was organised as a part of this project. The collaborative partners were Department of Museums and Antiquities, Malaysia, The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage (ICCROM), ASEF and the Museum of World Cultures, Sweden. About 30 participants took part.
The successful outcome encouraged the organising bodies to develop a proposal to increase the international cooperation on conservation techniques. Although not being realised within the ASEMUS framework, the ideas has been carried through by the ICCROM-program CollAsia 2010 and within the MuSEA-program coordinated by the Swedish Museum of World Cultures.