The Eastern and Oriental Express has launched a new train ride from Singapore to Bangkok, which stops in Kuala Lumpur. The inaugural trip took place in January and on 17 January, a group of six passengers came for a special trip to the museum. These were all journalists, working for various publications in Europe and the region. Lorien Holland gave them a tour of Galleries B&C and hopefully we will good publicity from the visit — and more train passengers in the future.
The National University of Singapore has an exhibition on the making of the museum in Malaya, based on a range of colonial archives. If anyone has a chance to visit (it runs to Jan 2012) please post a comment below. It sounds interesting
Camping and Tramping Through the Colonial Archive: The Museum in Malaya
13 Jan 2011 â 2012
NUS Museum New*
The term Camping and Tramping is inspired by a lesser known 19th century document compiled by a British officer describing the field work and travails of his time with the colonial office in Malaya. This exhibition traces the rise of the Museum in British Malaya not just as an indicator of power over what was gazed upon as the exotic but by acknowledging that the very advent of the Museum resulted in a staging ground for a project of accumulation and the ordering of knowledge. Writings and artefacts have been mobilized from the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (NUS), Asian Civilizations Museum, National Museum of Singapore, National Library Board Singapore, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore National Archives, NUS Museum, and the Ivan Polunin and Mohammad Din Mohammad collections.
MV Batch 12âs Heritage Walk on Saturday 11 December 2010
By Kon Cze Yan
It was an end of term treat for Batch 12.Â An outing instead of another classroom lecture. The day began quite badly with the closure of Dataran Merdeka to traffic because of a 1Malaysia Run and traffic diversions because of demonstrations regarding Selangorâs water problems. The organiser (me!) was late from trying all possible routes to enter the Royal Selangor Club. Luckily all the other 13 participants turned up fairly punctually around 8.30am. They cleverly came by public transport or parked away from Dataran Merdeka.
Our guide for the 1.5 hour walk was the most knowledgeable Lee Choo Sim. Choo Sim took us from Dataran Merdeka to âKuala Lumpurâ to Medan Pasar. At the Dataran, he regaled us with numerous stories about the buildings around Dataran Merdeka & how life was during colonial times. He gave us little snippets of some interesting characters â who had an affair with whom & who was in love with whom! When we moved on to the river area where the Gombak & Klang Rivers meet, Choo Sim pointed out a few obscure facts like the meaning of Kuala Lumpur, which was the Klang & which was the Gombak River(!) & that the river had a little family of otters. Things started getting steamy in Medan Pasar with stories of drugs/opium dens and sex/brothels. Luckily by then it was time to cool off at the historic Royal Selangor Club.
The Royal Selangor Club (RSC) was established in 1884 â 126 years ago. It was founded by J.P. Rodger, Resident of Selangor, A.R. Venning, Selangor Treasurer, Captain Charles Syers, Commissioner of the Selangor Police,Â H.F. Bellamy, Superintendent of the Selangor Public Works Department & K. Thamboosamy Pillai, businessman. It was the social hub of KL during colonial times and almost every big event would be held there.
The MV members had tea, coffee and sandwiches next to the famous Long Bar, the bar which is still off limits to women. Chrissy Lioe, husband & son joined us for refreshments. They had just returned from India. Ismail of the RSC then took us for a short tour of the Clubâs premises which was rather like a pub crawl – nearly every room in the Club has a bar!
MV members who attended:
Kon Cze Yan
Bahyah Mohd Noor
Justin Lai Lye Kim
Low Mei May
Lee Ah Chai
The Muzium Negara pocket guide English version is now finished. It should be available soon in the Muzium Negara (once it is printed out). Many thanks to E. Bonnet and E. Michel for writing the original French version, for Marie Tseng and Lorien Holland for translating and editing the English version and for Weronika Rudkiewicz for the fab layout.
Other versions in Bahasa Malaysia, Japanese and other languages are coming.
Museum Negara pocket guide – English version (draft)
I hope you have noticed that our FOCUS meetings are back with added interest. Please check our yahoo! group for details and how to sign up.
Thank you to Kokkie who has so far organized
Oct 4, 2010 Treasures of the World: Jewelled Arts of India
Nov 15, 2010 Human Skeletal Material
Nov 29, 2010 Chinese temples and deities
Jan 27, 2011 Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan
Coming up we have
March 1, 2011 Malaysian jungle
March 12, 2011 Science and Innovation in the Islamic World
On November 27, 2010, the schools programme took on its biggest challenge yet , by hosting 350 kids in one day.
The children were all standard 6 ethnic Tamil school students from 10 different schools in the Klang Valley. Their excursion was funded by EWRF, an NGO dedicated to assisting less privileged Malaysian Indians. You can click here to visit their website and see all the work the group does.
MV’s Karen Loh mobilized 25 MV volunteers to run a morning of activities and investigation in the Muzium Negara. Bravo!
We have fixed the dates for our “Introduction to MV” coffee mornings for this year. These explain the MV to potential trainees, and are useful for recruitment to our MV training programme, which will start in the second half of September 2011
MV Introduction Mornings -MV Room, Muzium Negara
Tuesday 24 May 2011 at 10am
Thursday 8 September 2011 at 10am
Saturday 10 September 2011 at 10am
For more details please click on the Training Programme Tag at the top of this page
More than 20 volunteers came to farwell Dian Banz-Derez at the Chynna Restaurant, Hilton Hotel, on Thursday February 24. Dian has contributed much to the MV in the past three years. As well as being multi-lingual (tours in Flemish, German, English and great French too…) Â she has also coordinated the weekend training programme. Dank je wel, jumpa lagi Dian!