MVM’s third birthday bash

We are marking the third birthday of MVM on October 14 with a dinner for all our members at a lovely Malay restaurant in town. Please check your email box for details….

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2009 Training Programme Starts

The MVM’s seventh training programme has just kicked off.

The Tuesday group has had its first meeting and has 16 new recruits from Malaysia, Britain, France, Denmark, Uruguay, and the U.S.

The Saturday group will have its first meeting on Saturday 26th September.

The programme is aimed at  the intellectually curious. It is based at Muzium Negara, near to KL  Sentral Station, and runs once a year. It is a great chance to learn about Malaysia’s rich and complex heritage,  its history, ceramics, textiles, weaponry and traditional costumes.   And of course make great friends in an inspiring atmosphere.

There are still a few places left if you would like to join in. Please email mvmqueries@yahoo.com for more details, or look at this press release below:

MVM TRAINING COURSE TO START IN SEPTEMBER

The MVM invites you to come and learn about Malaysia’s rich and complex heritage, its history, ceramics, textiles, weaponry and traditional costumes. And of course make great friends in an inspiring atmosphere.

Museum Volunteers Malaysia (MVM) is calling for applications to join its seventh training programme. The programme is aimed at the intellectually curious. It is based at Muzium Negara, near to KL Sentral Station, and runs once a year. The upcoming seventh session will start in September and there will be a choice of weekday or weekend classes for the 13-session course.

“If you are fluent in English, interested in Malaysia’s heritage, and can commit to becoming a volunteer guide, you are the kind of person we are looking for,” says Angela Naylor, co-ordinator of Training Programmes for the MVM.

Those who complete the training will become Docents, or Voluntary Guides, at the Muzium Negra. They will have garnered much knowledge on the artefacts and pieces on display at the Muzium Negara and will have learnt how to talk about them in an interesting and informative manner.

More than 100 volunteers have already graduated from the MVM training programme. They come from Malaysia, France, Britain, Australia, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, Lithuania, Germany, Spain and India. On average, guides have one to two duties a month. But there are plenty of other activities, in the school programme and in research, for those who interested in developing their skills further.

“This is a fantastic course for the intellectually curious. Where else can you find enthusiastic people interested in shipwrecks or lost cities or Iban textiles,” says Zahara Shahriman, MVM Vice President.

The cost of materials for the MVM Training Programme will be RM150 for the weekday course and RM100 for the weekend course. The weekday course starts on  Tuesday 15th September and the weekend course on Saturday 26th September.

MVM provides free tours of Muzium Negara in English, Japanese, Malay, French and Chinese. They also provide programmes for school children and are developing booklets and self-guided trails for the museum.

If you are interested in joining the MVM training programme, please look at our weblog at www.museumvolunteersmalaysia.org or email mvmqueries@yahoo.com

Tour of Islamic Arts Museum 21 February

Katarzyna has organised a visit to the Islamic Arts Museum (IAM). A member of the museum staff will give us a guided tour. Saturday 21 February 10am RM12 Please sign up.

http://www.iamm. org.my/i_ ex/

The IAM currently has 2 special exhibitions: Islam in Britain & the Seven Principles of Islamic Architecture.

Talk on Gallery B by Tuan Haji Redzuan February 17

Talk on Early Kingdoms – Gallery B

Tuesday February 17 , 930 am

Tuan Haji Redzuan has very kindly offered to give a talk and walk through of Gallery B, he is a former Director General of Museums and was a research consultant on Gallery B.
This talk is open to ALL members of the MVM.
This will be a very interesting and valuable talk and everyone is encouraged to attend.
Please sign up as soon as possible, we may have to find a larger venue depending on the number of responses.

Visit to National Art Gallery Saturday 28 February

Visit to National Art Gallery
28 Feb 2009 from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
National Art Gallery staff will give us a guided tour. There will also be a talk on batik painting by an invited speaker.
An exhibition of batik paintings by celebrated Malaysian Artist – the late Mr. Chuah Thean Teng is currently being held at the National Art Gallery’
Sign up as usual through Yahoo! groups

Trip to Rimbun Dahan Feb 26

On Thursday 26 February at 10am we are invited to Rimbun Dahan. The compound of Rimbun Dahan is a centre for developing traditional and contemporary art forms. It features buildings designed by Hijjas Kasturi, as well as a 19th century traditional Malay house, in an indigenous garden environment. (see their website http://www.rimbundahan. org) Angela Hijjas from Rimbun Dahan is willing to give us an intro to the 14th Rimbun Dahan residency art exhibition and a tour around the garden and the Malay house.

Please sign up as usual through the Yahoo! group.