Be it through the rotating document and facsimile displays, our interactive Turning The Pages features, Education lessons, free guided tours, and family day workshops, the Keeper’s Gallery continues to play a significant part in our public engagement activities.
A recent document rotation has seen the installation of a display about Sarawak, as part of our Empire and Commonwealth section. The display briefly showcases the history of this area when ruled by the Brooke family between 1841 and 1946. A British Protectorate from 1888, administration of the various districts rapidly expanded as rubber, fish and rice export to Britain, the empire and Singapore became vital trading outputs. Independence was granted in 1963 and Sarawak now forms one of the 13 states in the Federation of Malaysia.
The Sarawak display also showcases the rich photographic material that can be found within our collections, particularly of the Colonial Office in series CO 1069. Please do see our online collection of such photos. Continue reading »