A three-day seminar on heritage conservation started here at the City Palace on Monday.

The seminar, being organised by the Australia-India Council, AusHeritage and Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust, will feature sessions on collection management, cultural tourism, heritage building conservation and building stone conservation among others.

AusHeritage is a network of Australian cultural heritage management organisations established by the country’s government while the Australia-India Council, also set up by the Australian government, works towards broadening the relationship between the two countries through several activities promoting a greater cultural dialogue.

“I am delighted to be at the City Palace for this forum. Initiatives such as this one, funded by the Australia-India council, are an important part of the ongoing conversation between our two countries,” said Australian Deputy High Commissioner to India Bernard Philip.

Rajasthan additional chief secretary Aditi Mehta, while inaugurating the seminar, said there was more to heritage conservation than just monuments. She bemoaned the rapid loss of domestic and traditional architecture. “Such domestic architecture is an essential part (of society and culture) not only in India but in all countries east of Turkey as well as South-East Asia,” she said.

Government welfare schemes providing housing to the homeless would do good to retain salient aspects of traditional domestic architecture like a courtyard, she said.

Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum trustee secretary Diya Kumari said the seminar was an effort by the trust to learn scientific and modern methods of conserving heritage architecture as well as for promoting cultural tourism,” said.

AusHeritage chairman Vinod Daniel said his five-member team had the expertise on museum collections, heritage building and cultural tourism.