AusHeritage-PHT collaboration

AusHeritage-PHT collaboration for the George Town World Heritage Site


Public Forums & Workshops (March-May 2011)

With George Town’s listing as a World Heritage Site, heritage now plays an important role in the future of Penang.  It is timely for Penang to accelerate its learning curve in the field of heritage management and equip itself for the conservation and sustainable development of its heritage resources.

In collaboration between AusHeritage and Penang Heritage Trust, eight Australian heritage specialists were brought in as resource persons for four public forums and workshops related to different aspects of heritage management.  These  took place in Penang from March to May 2011. The forums and workshop were organized by the World Heritage Incorporated and Penang Heritage Trust, in cooperation with the Penang State Government, Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang, Penang Global Tourism (PGT) and Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM).

Public Forums & Workshops

The public forums were a 1-day affair (on Saturdays). They consisted of public lectures on a specific topic in the morning, presenting international and Australian heritage practices and issues. Complementing the morning lecture, a lively forum was held in the afternoon, with panel representatives from different sectors who identified current practice and challenges in  George Town related to the forum topic.

Following the forum were 2 days of closed-door focus group workshops (on Sunday and Monday) open  to stakeholders and experts closed-door  who wished to discuss case studies and challenges  and develop realistic frameworks and ways forward  for the George Town Heritage Site.

While the public forums aimed to raise the general level of interest and awareness in conservation issues, the follow-up workshops were designed as a platform for brainstorming and sharing between stakeholders and specialists. The series contributed towards skills development and institutional strengthening for the care and management of the unique George Town WHS as well as wider heritage places across Malaysia.

Who attended?

  • Property owners, trustees and stakeholders
  • Architects, planners, engineers, surveyors, developers, project managers, lawyers, real estate professionals
  • Heritage conservationists, curators, tourism managers, cultural interpreters etc.
  • Policy makers, legislators, grant managers, government administrators, implementers and enforcers
  • Human resource training institutions, university educators and post-graduate students
  • General public

Venue for Forum : Level 5, Auditorium F KOMTAR

Time: 9:00am– 5:00pm


Management of Heritage Assets

1.  Preparing Heritage Management Plans and

Conservation Management Plans for buildings, sites and living streets

Forum : Sat, 5 March 2011

Workshop: Sun & Mon, 6 & 7 March 2011


Design in the Context of Heritage

1.  Compatible adaptation / new design

2.  Heritage Cultural Assessment

Forum: Sat, 26 March 2011

Workshop: Sun & Mon, 27 & 28 March 2011


Cultural Tourism and Presentation of Heritage

1.   Heritage Interpretation

2.   Cultural tourism -merits and impacts

Forum: Sat, 23 April 2011

Workshop: Sun & Mon, 24 & 25 April 2011


Capacity Building in Heritage Asset Management

1.  Managing your heritage building

2.  Skills development

Forum: Sat, 28 May 2011

Workshop: Sun & Mon, 29 & 30 May 2011


George Town World Heritage Incorporated

In Collaboration with


Penang Heritage Trust

Supporting Organizers:

Penang State Government

Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang

Penang Global Tourism

Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia