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Natural disasters and cultural heritage in the Philippines: recovery and reconstruction

Project summary

Sector: Arts and Culture

Country locations: Australia, Philippines

Participating countries: Australia, Philippines

Grantee: The University of Melbourne

Project Description

In 2017 the 'Natural disasters & cultural heritage in the Philippines: recovery and reconstruction' project will draw upon the expertise of the National Museum of the Philippines together with the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation under the auspices of APTCCARN (Asia Pacific Tropical Climate Conservation Art Research Network) to hold its 5th Meeting and collaborative exchanges in Bohol in the Philippines. These events aim to expand people to people linkages among a diverse range of skills, capabilities and experiences in cultural heritage recovery and disaster management, and to include community knowledge and experiences from the recent natural disasters and reconstruction projects in the Philippines.

The increased risk of natural disasters in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia is having devastating effects on cultural collections. The 2013 earthquake on the island of Bohol and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, for example has highlighted the current realities of extreme weather events and the necessity for community based models for the recovery and reconstruction of Church cultural heritage. By bringing together a range of experiences and shared capabilities, this project will provide a platform for genuine collaboration for a regional practice of disaster recovery management and reconstruction of cultural materials.

Key Dates

  • Interactive forum, Bohol, The Philippines, 22 - 24 May 2017
  • Collaborative exchanges, Manila- Bohol, 24 April 2017 to 19 May 2017
  • Lecture series, University of Melbourne, 03 - 15 July 2017

Social media accounts: #cultcons

Australia-ASEAN Council grant: $33,000 including GST

Total project value: $33,000


Last Updated: 15 August 2016
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