KUCHING: A series of workshops highlighting the importance of heritage preservation will be held this month to raise awareness of the numerous cultural treasures in Sri Aman.
“Reminiscing Forgotten Treasure - Simanggang”, is a community-based heritage awareness programme to promote local heritage conservation.
One of its objectives is to provide an opportunity for workshop participants, particularly school children, to witness and learn about Fort Alice conservation process, which began in May.
The programme started on May 23 with a public workshop where participants witnessed a traditional miring ceremony and attended public lectures and went on site visits before the demolition of the fort started.
A follow-up site visit was organised for the participants to see the building components being dismantled and also to witness an archaeological investigation by the Sarawak Museum Department.
Now that the building has been fully taken down, it will be a good opportunity for participants to see the site and learn about the next step of work that will start soon.
In conjunction with the school holidays and the work progress on Fort Alice, workshops will be held on Aug 13 and 14.
The public are invited to attend the workshops, which will begin with a Food Trail presentation and Art Workshop on Aug 13, as well as interact with Sarawak Heritage Society members Karen Shepherd and Mike Boon, both of whom have been instrumental in the conservation works on Fort Alice.
The same evening will see author and researcher Chua Chen Choon from the Sarawak Chinese Cultural Association giving a talk in Mandarin on the Old Forts.
On Aug 14, the project’s Master Carpenter Ting Nik Sing and his team will conduct a demonstration on how traditional joinery found during the dismantling process are replicated and assembled.
For further details, contact Sarawak Heritage Society at 082-453 344 or send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org