Sarawak Heritage Society to host special public ‘Heritage’ talk

Dr Chua Ai Lin

KUCHING, April 6: Sarawak Heritage Society (SHS) will be presenting a public talk ‘Civil Society and Sustainable Heritage: Giving a Future to Your Past — Reflections on Heritage Conservation’ on April 11 at the Old Courthouse here.

A media release today highlighted that this talk, which is part of the Heritage Speakers series organised by SHS, will feature Dr Chua Ai Lin and Fauzy Ismail from Singapore Heritage Society.

Chua will discuss the role of placemaking, the community and civil society in sustainable heritage conservation, with examples from the Singapore experience.

“Placemaking is the process through which we work together to shape our public spaces using community participation to plan, design, manage and programme the shared use of spaces.”

Chua is a well-known figure on the Singapore heritage protection scene. She is currently executive director and vice president of Singapore Heritage Society, having served as its president from 2013 to 2017.

Holding a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge (UK), she is a former assistant professor in the Department of History of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and independent researcher and consultant on academia, public sector, private enterprise and civil society matters.

Fauzi will present an educational programme ‘Heartland Explorers: Intangible spaces of our neighbourhood’.

He is an architect, tutor and researcher at NUS Department of Architecture, artist-in-residence at The Substation (a Singapore independent contemporary art centre) and Singapore Heritage Society volunteer.

These two speakers will introduce the approach used by the Singapore Heritage Society, which combines cultural mapping research (a tool to collect and analyse cultural information from and by the community), policy recommendations, community development and socially-engaged art that aims to improve conditions of the community.

This approach hopes to create a future for heritage in living heritage sites, where communities and continuity of traditions and practices are linked.

Admission is free for SHS members and a donation of RM10 to SHS is suggested for non-members.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to inform the organisers by sending a WhatsApp/SMS to 018-9882343 or an email sarawakheritagesociety@gmail.com. — DayakDaily