The Preservation of Monuments Board together with the National Library of Singapore present a public lecture on: “Conservators at Work Series – Architectural Paint Date: 21 March 2009 (Sat) Time: 1400-1500hrs Venue: Visitor’s Briefing Room, National Library Building @ Victoria Street Synopsis The use of paint as a finishing surface in architectural settings is ubiquitous to the point of being taken for granted. Often, colour schemes are changed at will, depending on aesthetic fads as well as availability of materials. Through a careful analysis of the accumulated paint layers, useful information could be unearthed and added to the knowledge of architectural development and history. Join us to know more about architectural paint works by conservators. About the Speaker Lawrence Chin is currently an independent paintings conservator based at the NUS Museum. Previously, while working at the Heritage Conservation Centre, he led 2 architectural paint analysis projects at the NUS Museum Baba House and the Clifford Pier. Lawrence’s key responsibilities included implementing preventive measures and carrying out conservation treatments for the collections of the National Heritage Board. Besides his specialisation in painting conservation, Lawrence’s other research interests are centred on the historical development of artist’s materials and the long-term preservation of contemporary art. About the Organiser The Preservation of Monuments Board (PMB) was established with the enactment of the Preservation of Monuments Act on 29 January 1971, and the Board today is a statutory board of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Arts (MICA). PMB’s responsibilities are to preserve and safeguard monuments as enduring historical landmarks, as they provide a vital link to Singapore’s past. The 55 gazetted National Monuments in Singapore are in the purview of the Board.