The Bureau of Cultural Heritage has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ironbridge International Institute of the University of Birmingham on Dec. 10, establishing a partnership in relations to cultural heritage collaboration and forging an international network.
The agreement will help to create a network of cultural heritage academies based in Taiwan, the U.K., and Europe. The collaboration will focus on preservation, management, cultivation of professionals, and public awareness on cultural heritage issues.
Co-founded by the University of Birmingham and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage is a leading research center for industrial and cultural heritage preservation and studies.
The proposals include projects with the Ministry of Culture's College of Cultural Heritage, the World Heritage Lecture series, and the Taichung Cultural and Creative Industrial Park, where an Asian heritage research center will be established with assistance from Ironbridge.
The MOU was signed on behalf of Bureau Director Shy Gwo-long (施國隆) and Mike Robinson, director of the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage. The signing ceremony was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Culture, British Office Taipei, and British Council in Taiwan.As a founding member of the European Route of Industrial Heritage, the University of Birmingham's partnership will help Taiwan connect to networks across Europe.
The Bureau's College of Cultural Heritage was established earlier this year to cultivate professionals and strengthen cultural heritage preservation. The college has partnered with 23 universities in Taiwan, and now that the University of Birmingham has joined the collaboration, scholars and students in the area of cultural heritage will have more access to international networks, added Director Shy.
After the signing ceremony, Ironbridge Director Mike Robinson delivered a keynote speech on new ideas, challenges, and opportunities of Taiwan's cultural heritage, sharing the current issues of international cultural heritages and the best way to tackle possible issues in Taiwan.