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Australia Indonesia Institute Annual Report 2002-03

Environmental Monitoring of Reinier de Klerck House, Jakarta

The Institute is helping to protect some of the cultural heritage of Indonesia through its support for AusHeritage’s work at Reinier de Klerck House, an original 300 year old colonial era building which formerly housed the National Archives of Indonesia in Jakarta. The restoration of this building to create a local cultural centre with a strong educational mission won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage 2001 Award of Excellence.The main objectives of this project are to assist Reinier de Klerck House to identify possible causes of environmental damage and to suggest potential solutions.
High temperatures and relative humidity are the major causes of deterioration to cultural collections in Indonesia and alternatives need to be found to the use of air conditioning,which is very expensive to install and maintain. This project will be invaluable to all cultural institutions in Indonesia (museums, galleries, libraries, archives, historical buildings, etc) and will be used as a case study to train small museums in Indonesia on environmental standards and passive climate control options.

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