Konservaction Project #2
By Saiful Bakhri
Building on a 2017 student-led initiative in Indonesia, the Bali Disaster Preparedness Conservation Program, student conservators Saiful Bakhri, Grace Barrand, and Jessica Gray travelled to Bali for the second project by conservation alliance Konservaction.
This project provided rehousing for Museum Pustaka Lontar’s collection of palm-leaf manuscripts (some up to 400 years old), and a plan for managing and storing the unique collection within the community as the museum is built. The initiative provided a platform for Grimwade Centre students to develop skills in project management, workshop delivery, and cross-cultural teaching. Saiful, Grace and Jessie learnt about the importance of environmental sustainability to the community, and the significance of the wooden boxes that traditionally house the manuscripts and how to carve them. In turn, they delivered a rehousing workshop to museum and community representatives using conservation-grade corrugated board from Australia. Generously funded by an SEG grant from The University of Melbourne.