Signing Ceremony for the Establishment of the Chinese Cultural Heritage Protection and Research Union in Beijing
On July 28, 2010, head of the Center for Cultural Heritage Protection and Research (IA, CASS) Prof Du Jinpeng and Dr. Wang Tao on behalf of the International Center for Chinese Cultural Heritage of SOAS (London University) signed an agreement to set up the Chinese Cultural Heritage Protection and Research Union. Deputy Director Qi Zhaoye of the IA, Mrs. Jessica Rawson (Oxford University) and Deputy Director Han Wei of the Museum of Emperor Shi huang’s Mausoleum also participated in the ceremony. Other participants included Mrs. Wang Yarong, Prof. Wang Xuerong, and Prof. Wang Haotian. Apart from the two major organizers, other Union members include Beijing Administration for Cultural Heritage Management, the Museum of Emperor Shi huang’s Mausoleum, the Institute of Archaeology of University College London, Archaeology Department of Oxford University, the British Library, and the V&A Museum.
The newly established Union is intended to provide a stage for exchanging academic ideas and enhancing the cooperation between all the Union members. According to the agreement, all the cooperation activities are based on single research projects. Members are required to be responsible for funding application in order to conduct investigation and research, hold international conferences and symposiums and publish the project results. Meanwhile, all members of a single project may share the equal right to make profit from the intellectual properties.
The ongoing project at this moment is the compilation and publication of the Chinese collections housed in British museums and galleries.
After the ceremony, Mrs. Rawson and Dr. Wang Tao, accompanied by Mrs. Wang Yarong, visited the labs and studios of the Center for Cultural Heritage Protection and Research of the Institute. (Translated by Wang Renyu)