“HERITAGE is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to our future generations” (UNESCO). It encompasses many things, “tangible” or “intangible”: an object, a landscape, a building, a settlement, a historical site, language, literature, music, dance, social practices, knowledge, food, traditional craftsmanship. These things are important to us because they tell us about who we are and the past that has formed our community and our environment. It’s the link between our past and where we are now.
SHS : AWARENESS RAISING, ADVOCACY AND SHOWCASING HERITAGE
The Sarawak Heritage Society (SHS) is a registered Sarawak NGO founded in 2006.
- Increase public awareness about the value of preserving heritage sites, cultural and natural heritage
- Encourage interest and promote values embodied in local heritage
- Support and advance heritage conservation initiatives.
We are independent and apolitical.
Join us if you are interested in Sarawak’s heritage and wish to support our efforts to ensure its continuity into the future ( see ‘Membership‘ page)
“My heritage has been my grounding, and it has brought me peace” Maureen O’Hara
“A country without a past has the emptiness of a barren continent… And a city without old buildings is like a man without memory.” Graeme Shankland
“Heritage-led regeneration works. It pays real economic dividends. Historic buildings and neighbourhoods are a huge economic and cultural asset.” Philip Davies, former director of English Heritage [quoted in “Britain’s crumbling colonial heritage laid bare in shocking pictures” article, Telegraph (UK), 24 Apr. 2016]
“A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economic legacies – all of the things that quite literally make us who we are.” Steve Berry