University of San Carlos Museum hosted last Tuesday, 21 May, a mini-conference between Kyoto University Museum and the Visayas Association of Museums and Galleries, Inc. (VAMGI), the sole aggrupation of museum curators and practitioners in Central Visayas. The meeting was held at the USC Board of Trustees conference room at Downtown Campus.
Organized by Dr. Lawrence Liao of Hiroshima University and Marlene Socorro Samson, USC Museum curator, the two-hour meet was graced by Dr. Terufumi Ohno, director of the Kyoto University Museum (KUM), together with KUM colleagues Dr. Masaharu Motokawa and Mr. Shunsuke Yamashita. Over 25 curators and representatives of 14 museums and one municipal tourism office attended. Also present was Hon. Miguel Magpale, chair of the committee on culture and the arts of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Cebu (Cebu Provincial Board).
During the three-hour meeting, Dr. Ohno presented current trends in museum work and the need for sustainability and networking. Building on this theme, Dr. Motokawa then presented his concept of linking up all the natural history collections in museums all over the world. Mr. Yamashita then presented the Kyoto University Research Resource Archive (KURRA) project of the Kyoto University Museum, which seeks to collect, preserve and make use of research materials produced in Kyoto University since its founding in 1897. These include old field notes, films, photographs and documents of research projects.
Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD, USC President, dropped by the meeting in between his other commitments to express his felicitations as well as his desire for more work to be carried out in heritage conservation especially regarding coral stone churches and the few remaining ceiling paintings that are under threat and remain unstudied.
For his part, Hon. Magpale assured the attendants that the programs and projects for culture and heritage carried out by the province during the term of Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia will be continued in the next administration.
In the open forum, participants expressed hope that there would be trainings to help museums carry out their accessioning and digitization work. A training program has been scheduled by VAMGI towards the end of June that is intended to respond to this and other curatorial needs.
Other than USC Museum, those that joined the meeting were curators and representatives of Museo Sugbo; Museo sa Parian sa Sugbo/Jesuit House of 1730; Basilica del Sto. Niño Museum; BPI Museum Cebu; Cathedral Museum of Cebu; Halad Museum; Cebu City Rizal Memorial Museum; Museo Toledo; Museo de Talisay; Shrine of Sta. Ana Museum; Barili Folklife and History Museum and the Argao Tourism Office.
23 May 2013