Design, Symbolism and Conservation of Sacred Historic Interiors – I
Sep 25 – Sep 29 all-day
Design, Symbolism and Conservation of Sacred Historic Interiors - I
25 – 29 September 2017
Reis Magos Fort, Goa, India


INTACH Heritage Academy proposes to host a series of training courses that illustrate the building tradition, design and symbolism employed in the realm of sacred built heritage. The focus will be on key typologies of sacred architecture and spaces in India. A tentative schedule and location for this series of courses will be announced here as and when finalised.

The first workshop in this series will focus on the design, symbolism and conservation of historic interiors in churches, chapels and ancillary buildings in Goa.


The broad aim of the workshop is to analyse the symbolism behind the iconography of the ecclesiastical architecture in Goa and to devise practical solutions for their restoration. The Churches in Goa have a strong colonial background as well as the materials that were used in their construction date back to the late 15th to 17th centuries. The major parts of these old churches have wood as their primary material not only as a structural basis but also part of sculptures and other decorative elements. This workshop aims to first understand the nature of symbolism of the architecture and secondly to evaluate conservation/restoration plans that work in correspondence with the churches’ confidence.


This five-day course is designed to provide an understanding of the symbolism and the restoration of wooden components in the ecclesiastical building. The theory behind understanding the iconography of the structures and its interiors will be supported by illustrative discussions, field visits and practical hands-on sessions. This practical training course will be held at a site representative of the colonial architecture in Goa. This will help illustrate a range of problems in-situ and discuss these issues with experts, fellow participants and traditional woodworkers, carpenters, restorers and experts working with the material. A field visit to an ecclesiastical architecture will demonstrate how some of the issues and problems of wood conservation are being addressed at this particular building.


  1. Understanding the layout and design of the churches
  2. Comprehending the symbolism in church architecture
  3. Learning the use of colours and light
  4. Determining the approaches to conservation from material heritage perspective
  5. Study, Use and Conservation of timber as a structural as well as decorative elements in church architecture


The course will be taught by the staff at INTACH Heritage Academy and invited guest speakers on specific aspects of the course.

Course fee: INR 5000/- (Indian Nationals),   USD 300.00 (Foreign Nationals)

(This includes registration fee, delegate pack, any handouts for the course, lunch and refreshments)

Concessional fee

10 % less for INTACH members and employees

20 % less for students

Please download the Registration form: Registration-Form


Academic enquiries: Mr Navin Piplani

Administrative and Registration Enquires: Ms Tejaswi Mehta

Museum Studies – Redefined @ INTACH
Oct 9 – Oct 13 all-day
Museum Studies - Redefined @ INTACH | New Delhi | Delhi | India

Museum Studies: Re-defined

9th – 13th October

INTACH, New Delhi


The broad aim of the course is to interpret the role a museum can play in Cultural Industry and understand how their history and gradual development has affected the current imagery.


This course will explore some of the key issues related to collection management, presentation, and community engagement practised in India’s museums. We will also try to identify some of the challenges that a museum faces with emphasis on fundraising, and conservation. A wide range of case studies will illustrate the philosophical, ethical and practical approaches to the museum collection, information management, display techniques, and today’s most critical tool – digital media. In addition to these issues, we will also explore new technologies, social media and innovative ideas that can be incorporated into museums to boost the classical nature of museums.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the participants should –

  • Develop an understanding of the concept of ‘collection management’ and core concepts of conservation.
  • Gain ideas to enhance the functioning of the museum in contemporary times.
  • Develop an understanding of museum studies and a range of issues related to it – ethical, political, philosophical, technical, economic and so forth.
  • Develop basic knowledge of the approaches to fundraising, social media management and visitor management.
  • Start thinking critically about the role of museums in a society and how to link museums at a global level.


The course will be taught by invited eminent speakers and staff at INTACH.

Course fee: INR 5000/- (Indian Nationals),   USD 300.00 (Foreign Nationals)

(This includes registration fee, delegate pack, any handouts for the course, local travel expenditure)

Concessional fee

20 % less for INTACH members and employees

30 % less for students

Registration Form – Registration Form


Academic enquiries: Mr Navin Piplani

Registration and Administrative: Ms Tejaswi Mehta


Chapter Members Workshop
Oct 23 – Oct 25 all-day
An introductory course on INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE: Unraveling India’s Industrial Heritage
Nov 6 – Nov 8 all-day
An introductory course on INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE:  Unraveling India's Industrial Heritage


6 – 8 November 2017 
Venue – Surat, Gujarat


The broad aim of the course is to discuss the issues and complexities related to unraveling the Industrial Heritage in India and will introduce some of the key philosophical issues and practical challenges which arise in this process.


Industrial sites are important milestones in the history of humanity, marking humanity’s dual power of destruction and creation that engenders both nuisances and progress. They embody the hope of a better life and is an aspect of its cultural heritage. Our industrial heritage includes not only the mill and factory but the social and engineering triumphs spawned by the new technologies. Rapid technological advances and the striping of certain deposits have rendered most industrial sites obsolete. Will the future of industrial heritage then be either to save it from abandonment or destruction or simply preserve or adapt it to new purposes?

A three-day course is designed to provide an answer to above questions in relation to aspects such as its management, communities associated and intangibility and its living heritage. Through this course, the participants will understand different approaches which can be adopted for the management of such sites. The philosophy and significance of industrial heritage will be supported by illustrative discussions and site visit. To link in all above-said aspects, a guided tour of one of such important industrial heritage will be undertaken.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the participants should

  • develop an understanding about Industrial Heritage,
  • assess the problems and issues associated with its preservation, restoration and adaptive reuse,
  • gain introduction to some of the key approaches and techniques to the preservation of Industrial Heritage,
  • start thinking critically about the present and future of Industrial Heritage of India and its management.

Collaborating Partners: Raman Bhakta School of Architecture, Surat


Students, Young Professionals, Conservation experts, heritage consultants, sociologists, anthropologists and interested individuals.

Speakers The course will be taught by the staff at INTACH and invited guest speakers on specific aspects of the course.

Registration Charge: Rs. 3000/-

Concessional fee

20 % less for INTACH members and employees

30 % less for students

Please download the Registration form: Registration-Form

Travel to and from the course venue and accommodation in Surat are to be arranged and paid by the participants.

Accommodation may be provided by Raman Bhakta School of Architecture at a cost. Kindly contact them for further details



Academic enquiries:

Mr Navin Piplani:                    

Registration and administrative enquiries:

Ms. Shradha Arora: /

Study, Use and Conservation of Historic Glass
Nov 16 – Nov 18 all-day

Details to be out soon!!

Taking Archaeology Out of Heritage / Tools and Archeology
Nov 20 – Nov 22 all-day
Management of Cultural Heritage Sites
Dec 4 – Dec 5 all-day
Understanding Living Heritage in India
Dec 4 – Dec 6 all-day

Details to come soon!

Heritage, Tourism and Sustainability
Dec 18 – Dec 20 all-day
Heritage in Economic Development
Jan 15 – Jan 16 all-day