Curriculum Development for Thai Cultural Heritage Site Conservators
When: 2-5 and 16-18 May 2017
Where: The Cavalli Casa Resort, Phra Nakorn Si Ayutthaya
Who: Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture, and UNESCO Bangkok
With supports of The Crown Property Bureau of Thailand and Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands
Contact: Mrs. Montakarn S. Kittipaisalsilp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Workshop for the Development of Monument Conservation Curriculum for Conservation Practitioners was held in Phra Nakorn Si Ayutthaya Province from 2 to 5 and 16 to 18 May 2017. A total of 85 participants included executives and technicians from private sector, university scholars, leaders of local communities and temple and executives and officials of Fine Arts Department, all of whom have had long experience as experts and practitioners in the field of heritage conservation in Thailand.
The workshop consists of 33 lectures and field tasks which were drafted by an expert panel for curriculum development. The participants acted as lecturers and commentators in the field of their expertise and as trainees in other sessions. The results of such interactive workshop are (1) the list of subjects or knowledge necessary for heritage conservation professionals, (2) the first draft of Curriculum for Heritage Conservation Masons (brick-associated monuments) and (3) a set of recommendation on standard operational procedures, material studies and human resource development programme for Fine Arts Department.
The Fine Arts Department also secured an actual field case study to run the whole conservation process in line with international standard. Phukao Thong Temple has recently undergone an archaeological excavation and is in need of conservation intervention.