The analogy of Conservation can be described through the work of a doctor where like any good doctor, they need to understand the patient (the building), its origins (how it was built), medical history (repairs and changes) and future hopes, so that they can diagnose the ailments, and prescribe the right medicine (repair works) as well as advise on the right ‘life style’. In other words, the work of researching the evidence of the historic building to ensure its future is sustainable.
A conservator acts as a translator / interpreter – who reads the building and puts the information together for the owner / architect / engineer / designer to understand the way to restore and reuse without causing more sickness or harm.
All this knowledge is presented, for regular reference, in the Heritage Management Plan. The HMP is created through a combination of facilitator and community work and when new ideas are suggested, they can be checked alongside the HMP to see if the ‘patient’ would suffer any ill effects or be greatly enhanced.
Following the approval from MBPP (December 10th 2015) the Conservation Works to the Category One Makam Dato Koyah, began in earnest in the new year 2016. The first week of a project is when the site gets organised, materials are ordered, machinery and worker hired and briefed and the first steps towards full conservation are taken.
This short presentation follows the first two months, allowing you to see behind the hoarding, without the dust and the dirt.
January / February – was when we got to know the building better – we took samples, removed cement plaster, and cut out sections of the damaged flat roof.
There is always so much to learn from the building itself, a lot to share and a lot to discuss in order to work out what to do next.
The next two months following this report are already being photographed ready for a new presentation. March/ April will be coming soon to keep you up to date with the issues and challenges of a conservation site.
To view the Heritage Management Plan (HMP) and documentation of Conservation Works, please download the files below: