12.10.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Documentary Heritage of the Borobudur Restoration on Display in Jakarta

Memory of the World Indonesia

Indonesia continues to show strong support for the Memory of the World Programme with the launch of a new exposition by the Borobudur Conservation Office which focus on the documentary heritage of the restoration process of the site of Borobudur Temple from 1973 to 1983.

The exposition titled “Memory of the World Indonesia” featured a selection of photos, text, maps, technical drawings and actual equipment that were preserved as part of the Borobudur Restoration Archives. The archives were also submitted for consideration of the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register. 

At the opening of the launch event were Dr. Bambang Subiyanto (Head of Indonesian Institute of Sciences, LIPI), Mr. Kandar (Director of Preservation of the National Archives of the Republic of Indonesia, ANRI), Dr. Marsis Sutopo (Head of Borobudur Conservation Office), Mr. Siswanto (Head of the National Museum of Indonesia), Dr. Nadjamuddin Ramly (Director of the Cultural Heritage and Diplomacy), and Dr. Shahbaz Khan (Director and Representative of UNESCO in Indonesia).

In his opening remarks, Dr. Shahbaz Khan stressed the importance of preserving and providing access to documentary heritage as one of the surest ways to prevent “collective amnesia”. He also quoted the famous words of historian E.H Carr that “history is an unending dialogue between the present and the past”. It is a reminder of the importance of continuous dialogue amongst different stakeholders so that we can all learn from our collective documentary heritage, apply that knowledge to our present action, and improve our lives in the future.

The temporary exposition will be on display at the National Museum of Indonesia from 10 to 15 October 2017.

UNESCO established the Memory of the World Programme in 1992 due to a growing awareness of the need to improve the state of preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Memory of the World programme. A special Memory of the World exhibition was held at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris in September.

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