[財団ブログ ― ハンセン病]
workshop on the preservation of leprosy history

A workshop on the preservation of Hansen’s Disease/leprosy history was held at the National Hansen’s Disease Museum in Tokyo on 24th and 25th October.
Participants from 5 countries, Brazil (7!!), the Philippines (3), Malaysia (3), Taiwan (1) and Australia (1), and some from the National Hansen’s Disease Museum shared their experiences and thoughts on preservation of HD/leprosy history.
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presentation
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Chat with Mr Sagawa, one of the founding members of the Prince Takamatsunomiya Memorial Hansen’s Disease Museum, which later became the National Hansen’s Disease Museum
Active discussions followed the presentation of each participants.
Topics covered wide range from
* Why should we preserve the history?
* Whose history is it?
* To whom should the history be narrated?
* What are the possible roles that museums can serve?
* Who are (potential) partners in preserving the history?
* What are possible steps to preserve history in each country?
* What can be done to raise awareness on the matter both locally, nationally, and transnationally?
We share certain vision, and hope we will see many things happening in each country and other countries as well.
Let us add that we were privileged to have participation of the chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the executive director of the National Archives of the Philippines, a heritage officer of the Department of National Heritage, Ministry of Information, Communications, and Culture of Malaysia, in addition to our friends of MORHAN from Brazil, the Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital from the Philippines, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia from Malaysia, IDEA Taiwan from Taiwan, and (and not least) University of Queensland from Australia.
The recommendations of the workshop will be shared with you shortly!