U.S. Supports the Conservation of Et

AKP Phnom Penh, The U.S. has decided to support the conservation of ethnographic objects at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2017.

The signing ceremony for this fund project on Conservation of 20th-Century Ethnographic Objects took place this morning at the genocide museum in Phnom Penh.

H.E. Chuch Phoeun, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. William A. Heidt were the signatories.

According to the U.S. Embassy's press release, this is the first phase of the project which will focus on preventing further decay of the clothing worn by the victims� the most sensitive aspect of the collection. The funding will address the most pressing conservation needs at the museum � between 3,000 and 5,000 artifacts that have never been properly treated or preserved by professional experts.

The project will employ well-considered and tested methods for the specialised cleaning and long-term preservation of the materials. These materials can then be viewed, studied, further analysed, and included in the displays and for education. This conservation project aids in taking a permanent stand against genocide in Cambodia and the world.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press