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Significance Workshop Held for Yogyakarta Museums

As part of the AIM Project, an online workshop on the significance museum approach was held from the 25-26 September 2021. The workshop involved twenty-four (24) people from fifteen (15) museums across the wider Yogyakarta area.


Dr Steven Cooke, Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Deakin University, and Andrew Henderson, SEAMS, presented the training material. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia supported the preparation and implementation of the event.


The workshop topics included new approaches to museology, including decolonisation and transnationalism, as well as an overview of the significance approach with case studies from Indonesia and Australia. The workshop also included a group work component where participants applied the significance method directly to six objects from the collections of the Fort Vredeburg Museum and Dr Yap Museum respectively. Most objects and collections used in this training have connections to the revolution and the struggle for independence of the Indonesia so that the exploration of the themes and contexts are related to each other.


These objects included:

  1. A collection of objects from the Indonesian Red Cross dating from the Indonesian revolution (1947-1949).

  2. A collection of objects owned by RM. Suryopranoto (1871-1959) an educator, cultural practitioner and political activist against the colonialism.

  3. A collection of propaganda posters from the Indonesian revolution (ca 1947).

  4. A collection of sketches by Henk Ngantung documenting the Linggarjati Agreement (1946).

  5. A painting of Dr. Yap Hong Tjoen by Henk Ngantung ca.1948.

  6. A book made for the 25th anniversary of the Dr Yap hospital (1948), signed by President Sukarno, Vice-President Hatta, and Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX.


The AIM Project is made possible through grant funding from the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia. #aimproject#australia#indonesia#museumworkshops