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Jakarta History Museum Significance Assessment

Museum Sejarah Jakarta, under the auspices of the Department of Culture of the Jakarta Special Capital Region Government, commissioned Southeast Asia Museum Services (SEAMS) to conduct a comprehensive study aimed at further understanding the significance of its furniture collection.

Functioning as a vital non-formal educational institution, MSJ is entrusted with the responsibilities of information services, educational management, and the meticulous preservation of its buildings, infrastructure, and facilities, all integral to Jakarta's cultural narrative.

The initiation of this project occurred in 2022 when the Jakarta History Museum Management Unit, in collaboration with SEAMS, delved into an in-depth examination of 25 objects from the museum's furniture collection. This marked the beginning of a concerted effort to elevate the standards of collection management and deepen the appreciation of these historical artifacts. Building upon the success of the previous year, the research expanded in 2023 to encompass an additional 28 objects, emphasizing a commitment to thorough exploration and preservation.

The collaborative efforts extended beyond the study, as the project team conceptualized a temporary exhibition, slated for presentation in 2024. This innovative approach aims to enhance public engagement and showcase the cultural significance embedded in the furniture collection.

In 2023, the Significance of the Furniture Collection Study at the Jakarta History Museum continued with SEAMS once again taking a leading role as the implementing partner. Financial support for this initiative was graciously provided by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia through the Special Allocation Fund (DAK).

As this ongoing project unfolds, the Jakarta History Museum expresses its gratitude to all contributors, notably the teams from the Jakarta History Museum and the National Museum of Indonesia, whose collaboration and data sharing have been instrumental. SEAMS also extends appreciation to the resource persons whose insightful interviews enriched the understanding of the furniture collection, contributing to the overall success of this significant cultural endeavor.

This collaborative venture not only underscores the commitment to preserving Jakarta's cultural heritage but also emphasizes the importance of continuous research, community engagement, and the promotion of historical narratives within the vibrant context of the Jakarta History Museum.

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