Advisory Committee on the National Policy Framework for Colonial Collections

HERITAGE hands-on was appointed by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands as one of the members of the Advisory Committee on the National Policy Framework for Colonial Collections in the period of October 2019 until October 2020.


The Committee advised the Minister about the key principles of the policy on colonial collections in Dutch museums,  in particular, those originally from Indonesia, Suriname, and the Caribbean islands. 

In January 2021 Government of the Netherlands has sent the Vision of Policy about Collection in the Colonial Context to the Parlement as a follow-up of the advice of the Committee. If this vision is approved by the Parlement, then it becomes an official policy for further implementations. 

As a member of the Committee, I have assisted with editing the Indonesian version of the Committee's report. I was humbled to be able to contribute to both countries in this important matter. The Indonesian version was published in January 2021.

Summary of report Advisory Committee on the National Policy Framework for Colonial Collections is available through this link:


Historic Urban Landscape (HUL)

Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) is a holistic conservation approach introduced by UNESCO in 2011. This approach has been disseminating all over the world.


HERITAGE hands-on was the initiator and organizer of the dissemination of the HUL Approach in Indonesia together with other stakeholders. We developed HUL Quick Scan Methods with the collaboration of experts from the Netherlands and Indonesia. Universities, local governments, and non-government agencies are invited to take part in workshops of the HUL Quick Scan. This method will be further developed and applied in various workshops in Indonesia and other countries.

In 2021, the largest part of the handbook is ready for editing and printing. In January, the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia represented by the Directorate General of Higher Education has formally supported the publication of the HUL Quick Scan Methods by contributing a prologue for the handbook. The handbook is planned to be launched in Summer 2021. 

In 2020 it was planned to organize an HUL Workshop specialized for university teachers in Indonesia.  Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the plan was postponed and replaced by publishing a handbook about HUL Quick Scan Methods. This handbook is written together by various parties in Indonesia (UI, IPB, and the University of Trisakti) and in the Netherlands (RCE and Heritage hands-on). 

In 2019 HERITAGE hands-on involved in the HUL Quick Scan Workshop in Banjarmasin, South of Kalimantan, Indonesia. Banjarmasin, the capital of South Kalimantan Province, is famous for its floating markets and was once widely known as the Venice of the East-Indies. In the present days, it is called the Thousand Rivers City. Nevertheless, rapid modernization and road-oriented urbanization are obvious challenges for Banjarmasin to keep its water-based characters.


In 2018 this approach was introduced during capacity building workshops and training in the former tin-mining town of Muntok, West Bangka, South of Sumatra, Indonesia.


Besides the workshop, we organized HUL Training for professionals that was supported by UNESCO Jakarta Office and WHITRAP (World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia Pacific Region) and local stakeholders.


HERITAGE hands-on involved in both workshops and training of the HUL Approach in Muntok 2018. The report has been published (see the link below).


Final Report on HUL Approach Workshop in Muntok, Indonesia, 2019 in English

WHITRAP Newsletter Issue 43, January 2019

Mentok HUL Training, Indonesia


More on HUL Approach



Capacity Building for Museum Professionals in Indonesia

For the period 2018-2020, there will be a series of capacity building training for museum professionals in Indonesia to strengthen the museum revitalization program launched by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia since 2010. Targeted participants are 30 persons representing public and private museums.

Trainers are museum professionals from Indonesia and the Netherlands.

The content of the training is related to:

  • Collection Management

  • Exhibition Development

  • Audience Development

  • Museum Management

In 2021, the fifth and sixth trainings are planned at the end of the year, half online and half offline in Indonesia. Hopefully, the Covid19 pandemic is over by then. The themes are Collection Information Management and Collection Care and Risk Management. 

In 2020 it is planned to organize two trainings as the last parts of the multiyear programs. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the plan was postponed until situations in both countries are conducive to implement the plan.

In 2019 the trainings were organized in Malang, East Java (1-5 April) and in Semarang, Central Java (15-18 July).  As one of the follow-up actions, a delegation from the state's museums of Indonesia has visited the Netherlands, 9-13 December, to meet local museum professionals.

In 2018 there have been two trainings in Yogyakarta, Central Java (16-19 July) and Jakarta (4-8 December). 


HERITAGE hands-on is the co-Project Leader together with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands.


Reinwardt introduces training program for Indonesian Heritage Professionals


Indonesia: Museum management training


Industrial Heritage in Indonesia & Asia

Like any other country in the world, Indonesia is renewing its industry continues to adjust to new needs and demands. Industrial heritage is relatively new and the country needs to raise awareness, to gain knowledge and awareness through cooperation and collaboration with international stakeholders.

HERITAGE hands-on contributed working papers for authorities, conferences, and exhibitions and assists industrial heritage projects in Indonesia and Asia. One of the platforms is Asia Network for Industrial Heritage (ANIH) and HERITAGE hands-on acts as the co-Chair since 2019. 

In January 2021,  the Report of the Third Forum of ANIH, especially the theme Youth  Dialogue-the Movement of Youth Participation in Industrial Heritage Preservation has been launched. I have contributed one part of this bulletin. 

In 2020 the Third Forum of ANIH will be hosted by the Municipality of Sawahlunto, West Sumatra, Indonesia, 13-18 July. There will be a field school as well for students and young professionals. Update: finally this program was held online in November 2020 in a series of webinars hosted by the ANIH Secretariat in Taiwan. The Mayor of Sawahlunt has delivered a welcome speech. 

In February 2020 HERITAGE hands-on is invited to join the International Symposium on Water and Culture –Learning from Water Heritage to Innovate Regional Development in Tokyo, Japan and delivers a presentation about Traditional Water Management in Indonesia. 

In 2019 HERITAGE hands-on was appointed as the co-Chair of the Advisory Committee of ANIH and delivered a presentation titled Railway Heritage of Indonesia: Celebrating Mobility in the Archipelago during the Second Forum of ANIH in Chiayi, Taiwan.

Other activities in 2019 related to industrial heritage were the National Seminar on Plantation Heritage organized by the Indonesian Plantation Museum and Sumatra Heritage Trust, Medan, Indonesia. HERITAGE hands-on delivered a presentation titled The Traces of the Dutch-Indies Plantations in the Netherlands. 

In 2018, HERITAGE hands-on involved in the establishment of the Asia Network for Industrial Heritage (ANIH) in Taiwan and delivered a presentation titled Rise and Falls of Sugar Industry in Indonesia at the Conference the Footprints of Asian Sugar Industrial Heritage in Taichung, Taiwan. 

ANIH Newsletters


Industrial Heritage in Sumatra


Industrial Heritage in Indonesia


Capacity Building for Heritage Movement in the Eastern Part of Indonesia

The islands in the eastern part of Indonesia like Banda, Ternate, and Tidore has inherited global trade history as important players in the Spice Route of the world. The challenge is how to put history in the actual and current context to give meaning to locals and national pride. Forts in those islands are in abundance waiting for a new life.

In 2017 the program was Coordination Meeting between Indonesia and the Netherlands on Integrated Conservation

of Maritime Heritage in Indonesia held in Jakarta.


In 2018 the program was Integrated Trading Network Program Part II, Workshop in World Heritage

held in various cities in the Netherlands. Participants were representatives from three ministries of Indonesia

(Education & Culture, Spatial Planning, and Public Works) and the Municipality of Semarang.


HERITAGE hands-on involved in expert meetings and trainings about the revitalization of forts and laid foundation for an institutional framework for ministerial coordination of the Trading Route.


Authentic Neighborhood’s Maps and Apps of Colombo, Sri Lanka

i-Discover Asia puts old neighborhoods in South East Asian cities on the map through an innovative concept: illustrated neighborhood maps combined with a story-telling app. We work with locals to document the spirit of a place before it disappears from Asia’s cityscape. Not just the buildings, but the people, stories and collective memory.


The results were four maps of historical neighborhoods of Colombo: Pettah, Fort, Slave Island, and Cinnamon Gardens. The launch was on Saturday, 17 November 2018 by the Mayor of Colombo.


HERITAGE hands-on was the applicant to Dutch Culture for funding of initiative in Sri Lanka and involved in projects in Indonesia.


For downloading of Colombo apps

Historical Data for Inner City Development
Researchers and professionals keep looking for historical data about the built environment in Indonesia. The historical data is kept in many archives institutions and libraries all over the world, especially in the Netherlands. How to find the right data?


We published Digging4Data: A Toolkit How to Do Research on the Built Environment in Indonesia (1620-1950).

HERITAGE hands-on acted as co-Project Manager together with archives institutions in Indonesia and the Netherlands.

Download the Digging4Data Toolkit:


Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in Heritage Conservation
Restoration of historical buildings in Indonesia is taking full swing especially in the historic core of urban areas. The local stakeholders start to see the values and possibilities of saving the past for current and future benefits. But the government is not in the position to save all historical buildings, the private sector needs to jump in. How? When? Some countries include the Netherlands, the United State of America and India have some valuable knowledge and experiences to share about public-private partnerships. It is about win-win collaborations and a balance between public interest and private initiative.

HERITAGE hands-on acts as Project Leader for a series of programs to support the public-private partnerships in Indonesia in cooperation with parties from the Netherlands, the United States, and India.

The Reports:

Bijlmer Urban Renewal Program
The municipality of Amsterdam has an urban renewal program of the Bijlmer area in Amsterdam Southeast. It requires building new premises and demolishing obsolete premises. One of the obsolete premises is the garage of Develstein. But demolition can wait and the Municipality of Amsterdam decided to exploit it as a food court for new entrepreneurs. World of Food was realized in 2014.

HERITAGE hands-on with its sister company the Archipelago Kitchen was one of the selected entrepreneurs and involved until 2017.


More info:

Urban Heritage Strategies Trainings
It was tailor-made training for eight former colony countries of the Netherlands (South Africa, Ghana, Suriname, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Russia) cooperation between the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and Institute for Housing and Urban Studies, Rotterdam.


The main goal is to equip heritage professionals with knowledge and experience of saving historical cores related to Dutch historical footprints.


These trainings were organized in 2011 and 2014.

HERITAGE hands-on acted as Project Coordinator.


More info:

Heritage Education for Elementary Schools in Indonesia
Introducing cultural heritage as a new approach to introducing history and identity is a very attractive subject in many countries but not yet in Indonesia. This project exposed the new approach with a pilot project of several elementary schools from various backgrounds (urban and sub-urban areas). 


The results are the publication of modules based on local cultural heritage and trainings for teachers.

HERITAGE hands-on was Project Coordinator.


More info:

Capacity Building for Indonesian Heritage Cities Network
Indonesian Heritage Cities Network is a platform for urban and regency leaders to play a significant role in saving cultural heritage in their administrative responsibility. It is a strategic network which can influence its member in taking right decisions what to do with cultural heritage. Decision-makers need the right and proper know-how to fulfill their tasks.


Training and assistance were provided to the members of the network.

HERITAGE hands-on involved as heritage expert and in some projects as coordinator.


More info:


Heritage Emergency Response (HER) in Indonesia
Indonesia experienced several severe natural disasters and historical buildings are affected badly. Natural disasters distract local economic activities as well in historical areas. Heritage Emergency Response tackled both tangible and intangible heritage elements in recovering programs post disasters.

HERITAGE hands-on involved as Project Coordinator.


More info:


Capacity Building Training for Heritage Societies in Sumatra
In 1998 Pan-Sumatra Network for Heritage Conservation (Pansumnet) was founded consist of heritage societies, individuals, and academic institutions in Sumatra who get involved in the heritage movements of Sumatra Island. It accommodates the need for regional networking to support each other and to cooperate since Indonesia is an archipelago country that stretches thousands of islands.


Pansumnet meets and organizes trainings regularly in various places on the Island. In 2018 the Gathering was in Muntok, West Bangka. South of Sumatra. 

HERITAGE hands-on is the co-Founder and Coordinator.


Download the report:


Refurbishing of Historical Virtuous Bridge, Medan, Indonesia
The Virtuous Bridge in Medan, North Sumatra, is very special. It has an inscription in three languages: Jawi, Dutch, and Mandarin. It reflects the multicultural society of the city who live side by side harmoniously for centuries.


This bridge was refurbished fully funded by the local community. It revives the pride of Medan as a historical plantation and trade city since the colonial era until now. The project is appreciated by the international cultural heritage community through the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award for Merit with citation as follow: 


“The successful restoration of Virtuous Bridge stands as a moving testimony to the unprecedented cooperation between the residents, businesses, and government agencies of the multicultural city of Medan. Careful historical research has been translated into a thoughtful restoration and interpretation scheme that is firmly rooted in the community.”

HERITAGE hands-on was Project Leader.


More info:


Revision of Monument Laws in Indonesia
As part of my master’s education, I researched protected monuments law in Indonesian with a case study

of Medan, North Sumatra. This research helped me to understand the foundation of cultural heritage practice

and policy of the country which triggered me until now to act actively in taking part in continuous improvements.