International Heritage, Museum Conference concludes

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“Gharano Ki Miras” held at Al-hamra

LAHORE, Sept 3 (APP): A three-day international heritage and museum conference concluded here on Saturday at Alhmara Arts Council with stressing for preservation of museums and cultural heritage of the globe.

The aim of the conference was to highlight importance of heritage and museums and how heritage should be treated as a national asset.

The mega event was jointly organised by British Council Pakistan and the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) in which more than 100 heritage and museum experts from Pakistan, South Asia and the United Kingdom shared knowledge, best practices and discussed challenges faced by Pakistan in the sector.

Around 40 speakers throughout the three-day conference shared their professional and personal experiences to help curators to improve the sector in their respective areas and countries.

The first two days of the conference focused on case studies presented by experts about the museums, enhancing public and community participation in heritage initiatives.

On the third day, the conference was concluded with a workshop at Information Technology University Lahore focused on digital imaging of objects/sites, HDR imaging, photogrammetry and related topics pertaining to digital technologies.

The conference, during all the days, drawn a sizeable crowd from amongst the avid supporters and fans of arts and culture in the provincial metropolis.

Through presentations, their experiences and research, the speakers highlighted the importance of involving communities in various projects/joint ventures of museums to strengthen their affiliation with their heritage and the need to conserve it.

They said that enhancing public and community participation in promotion of heritage and cultural history is a need of time through different programmes and vocational certifications.

This will generate grassroots level interest and will help in raising awareness among communities about the history.

They also demanded the government to regulate festivals and praised the government for constituting a committee for the revival of Basant.

Jim Booth, Acting Country Director British Council Pakistan, Kamran Lashari, DG Walled City of Lahore Authority, Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive, Historic England, Salima Hashmi, Duncan Wilson of Birmingham Museums, Friederike Voigt of National Museums Scotland, Masood Khan, Aga Khan Cultural Service, Neil Gregory, Historic Environment Scotland, Mark Suggitt, Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Jasdeep Singh, National Army Museum Chelsea, Megan De Silva and Jane Henderson, Monmouthshire Museums Service/Cardiff University and a large number of moderators also spoke on the occasion.