Dato’ Dr. Adi Taha, former Director General of the Department of Museums Malaysia, died from cancer at his house in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur on 4Â February 2012.
Our goal as Museum Volunteers (MV) is to promote public awareness of museums, and we aim to build an appreciation and understanding of the histories and cultures of Malaysia.
We are a non-profit, non-political and non-religious group open to all who undertake our training programme and graduate as a docent (museum guide.)Â We are all volunteers and we are hosted by the Museums Department in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
*We provide free guided tours of the Muzium Negara (National Museum) and the Muzium Textil (Textiles Museum) in Kuala Lumpur. Our main language of operation is English, but we also have regular tours in in English, French, Japanese, Malay and Chinese. Guided tours in Dutch, German, Danish, Spanish, Russian and Polish are also available upon request.
*We run custom-tailored tours for schools, embassies and companies.
*We also run a series of focus activities around Kuala Lumpur for our members,Â involving visits to other museums and talks from visiting academics and others with expertise in the histories of Southeast Asia.
On this site you will find lots of information about our set up, history and training programme. If you would like to know about our day-to-day activites, please check out our page on Facebook.
For further details, please email email@example.com
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
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
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
Jeudi 21 Avril 2011
HoraireÂ : 9h30 cafÃ© offert par le musÃ©e puis confÃ©rence de 10h a midi.
Â Rendez-vousÂ : Musee Negara, Kuala Lumpur,
Participation : 5 rm (prix d’entree du Musee)
Renseignements et inscriptionsÂ : MÃ©lanie et Brigitte : firstname.lastname@example.org
I was just in Singapore and the National Museum of Singapore has published a fabulous bookÂ entitled “Natural History Drawings, the complete William Farquhar Collection.” For the first time ever, the 477 drawings of the flora and fauna of the Malay Peninsula commissioned by William Farquhar when he was the British Resident and Commandant of Melaka from 1803 to 1818, have been published in one volume.
In 1826, these drawings were donated by Farquhar to the Royal Asiatic Society in London, which then auctioned them for sale in 1993. A Singaporean, Mr Goh Geok Khim, purchased them and then presented the full set of drawings to Singapore’s National Heritage Board in 1996.
Day trip to Ipoh by Marie Tseng
Right before Hayley Holle’s departure for England in August, a small group of MV members set off on a day trip to Ipoh -Â Seeting, Diane, Hayley and myself.
Our trip started in Kellyâs Castle where we were warmly welcomed by the curator/guard of the castle.Â The unfinished castle has been recently restored to enable visitors to visit safely almost every accessible part of the building.From the roof, you have a great view of the surrounding plantations. We continued on with a visit to the last tin dredge in Malyasia.Â Â Having seen the real dredge will definitely enhance our guided tours at the Muzium Negara. Next stop was Batu Gajah, a colonial town that has kept most of its original buildings and a has a very interesting cemetery.Â After a quick lunch ofÂ fresh river prawns, we ended the day by a 3 hour walk in Ipoh.
I would highly recommend this easy trip to all guides.Â Vera recommended us a great heritage Guide in Ipoh, MrÂ Law Siak HongÂ (email@example.com) who met us in Kellyâs castle and took us on a very informative tour of Batu Gajah and Ipoh.
On June 24, we had a thank you and farewell lunch to several MV volunteers who were leaving Malaysia for other countries. In particular Hayley Holle, who has done so much with the schools programme and been a very active member of MV, and also Alison Fletcher and Marie Bouis who have also been very active.
Our deputy president, Zahara Shariman, most generously hosted lunch at her mother’s house and we ate delicious Malay food.
Both MV President Chrissy Lioe and MV Training Programme Organizer Angela Naylor spoke about the great works that have been achieved so far. The leavers got Malay betel siri sets from the East coast.