Witchuda Mason

About the Work

The starting-point for my research is my interest in the applicability of Western conservation knowledge and practices to the protection of non-religious cultural artefacts in Thailand. At the same time, I am interested in the practical challenges to Thai museum collections posed by the harsh environmental conditions, which are also faced in other tropical countries. I focus on a single, nationally important Thai collection of non-religious artefacts - the coconut grater collection at the Folklore Museum in Songkla, southern Thailand. My research attempts to generate original findings which will have both academic interest and practical conservation value for artefact conservation in tropical environments.

The key research questions are:

To identify current conservation procedures and practices in the Folklore Museum, Songkla, Thailand.

To identify the conservation practices needed on the coconut grater collection in order to arrest deterioration.

To provide recommendations for the care of the coconut grater collection in the Folklore Museum, with possible application to similar museum environments.

Image by Witchuda Mason

Exhibition Details

P.V. Thursday 12 September 2013, 6.00pm
Opens Fri 13 - Tue 18 September 2013Mon, Tue and Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm
Venue Spring House, 40-44 Holloway Rd, London N7 8JL