Working from 13 laboratories, the section continued
to provide essential conservation services to 12 public museums,
the Art Promotion Office and the Antiquities and Monuments Office.
In addition to rendering technical support when
client museums mounted exhibitions and devising programmes for
the long-term preservation of varied museum collections, the section
treated 3,626 cultural objects, including paintings, paper artifacts,
textiles, photographs, metals, ceramics, ethnographic objects and
Since the opening of the section's Resource Centre
at the Museum of History, the public has had access to conservation
reference materials. The conservation website had also been revamped
to enable the public to book the Resource Centre's facilities and
to send enquiries on-line.
In a bid to develop greater community involvement
in the section's work and to promote general awareness of its role
in preserving the cultural property of Hong Kong, the section has
recruited 27 volunteers through the Cultural Services Volunteers
Scheme. They will help with a variety of conservation projects.
Another recruitment exercise is planned for 2003.
In support of the School Culture Day pilot scheme,
the section invited 10 secondary schools (bringing a total of 353
teachers and students) to visit its conservation laboratories.
They took a behind-the-scenes look at the conservation work, and
then tried some of the techniques themselves.
As a participant in the 2002 International Museum
Day, the section presented a series of academic and educational
programmes for the general public. The programmes, which attracted
more than 6,100 participants, included a lecture, five hands-on
demonstration workshops, four behind-the-scenes tours and a museum