THE CENTRE'S PHILOSOPHY

The centre will serve as a resource centre for architecture, conservation education and urban history, and it is guided by these tenets:
• To Reflect upon the past sympathetically.
• To Act on the present authentically.
• To Project into the future critically.

 

THE CENTRE'S ROLE AND ACTIVITIES

Two broad categories of activities envisioned for the centre in line with the professed values above are:

Field School
• It will conduct and emphasise a "hands-on context" or "hands-on training" when and where such opportunities arise.
• It will conduct field trips that promote public understanding of conservation and restoration, and the broader perspectives entailed in those undertakings.
• It will use Melaka as a laboratory to raise the awareness of the rich complexity of details in historic buildings.

A Resource Centre
• It will host symposiums, seminars, workshops and expert sessions on conservation.
• It will mount in-house exhibitions and promote exhibitions connected with architecture, urbanism and conservation.
• It will conduct heritage training associated with the built environments; and organise study tours for schools, foreign overseas colleges, etc.

These two conserved townhouses are tangible evidence of the value of historical and architectural knowledge in sustaining urban and social continuities. In short, they will become exemplars and pedagogical demonstrations of sensitive conservation, preservation and adaptive re-use of heritage and historical environments.

 

RESOURCES

[ About Tun Dato Sir Tan Cheng Lock ]

OFFICIAL OPENING PDF
Presentation slides on official opening [pdf,6.0MB]

PRE - RESTORATION VIDEO
[wmv, 2.9MB]

POST - RESTORATION VIDEO
[wmv, 4.7MB]