Discover Sarawak Museum’s architectural origins

WHEN THE ORIGINAL WING of the Sarawak Museum opened in 1891, the Gazette reported that the building was designed in the ‘Queen Anne’ style.

However, it is also commonly thought to have been the result of Charles Brooke’s interest in French culture, either designed by the Rajah’s French valet to look like a town hall in Normandy, or based on a picture Brooke saw in a French provincial newspaper.

This will be the subject of a talk by consulting architectural historian on the Old Sarawak Museum Conservation Project John Ting.

The talk hosted by Friends of Sarawak Museum (FoSM) and Sarawak Museum Department is another in the series “Afternoon @Museum” to be held on Friday, July 31 at the Sarawak Museum Department Building located near Jalan Barrack from 2.30pm till 4pm.

Titled ‘The Architectural Origins of the Sarawak Museum Old Building’ the talk will investigate these beliefs in the search for the architectural origins of the building, as well as investigating who was involved in its design and construction.

It will be based on a research that has been done as part of the Conservation of the Sarawak Museum Old Building Project.

In addition to completing his PhD in Architectural History, John Ting has a Bachelor of Architecture from RMIT University and is a Registered Architect in Australia.

He practices in Melbourne and has also lectured on tropical design, construction technology, and Southeast Asian architectural history at Australian architectural programs.

The talk will be delivered in English and entry is free.

It is open to the public and registration is not required.

For further details on the talk please contact Sarawak Museum Department at 082-244202.

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