[last updated 09/08/2018]


Sarawak Museum Department

Friends of Sarawak Museum (Facebook)

Tun Jugah Foundation – based in Kuching, the Tun Jugah Foundation focuses, in particular, on the preservation and promotion of Iban culture, arts and language. It has a textile and ceramics gallery, a library and a pua kumbu weaving workshop. It also manages Fort Sylvia (one the the remaining forts from the Brooke era, in Kapit) which has been developed into a museum.

The Brooke Heritage Trust – a non-profit based in London (UK) dedicated to the story of the Brooke Family and its connexion to Sarawak. Includes a digital archive resource base.

Facebook groups inviting to post stories and documents on Kuching past and present : The Story of Kuching  and Kuching Then and Now

Urban Sketchers Kuching (blog)

University of Cambridge, The Cultured Rainforest Project, Kelabit Borneo Highlands. A multidimensional past collaborative research project covering mainly anthropology, archaeology and paleo-ecology, associating 
the Universities of
 Cambridge (project director: Prof. Graeme Barker), Leicester, Oxford, Sussex and Queens University Belfast, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and the Sarawak Museum. Fieldwork took place between 2007 and 2011..

Early Central Borneo Project  (Facebook) – A collaborative research-community archaeology and heritage project on the prehistory of central Borneo (Kelabit highlands), building upon the work of the CRF project. A project to promote and carry out archaeological programmes under various fundings.

Sarawak Cultural Village (located in the Santubong peninsula/Damai, near to Kuching).

Sarawak Tourism Board page on Culture and Heritage with pictures and written outlines on main heritage assets.

Sarawak Tourism Federation (association of Sarawak Tourism operators)

Sibu Heritage Centre (Facebook)


Sabah and Borneo in general

Borneo Research Council – an organisation launched in the late 1960’s in the USA. It gathers members/fellows from various countries engaged or interested in in research in Borneo. Its secretariat is based in the USA.

Heritage Sabah (Facebook)


Badan Warisan (The Heritage of Malaysia Trust) –  nationwide Malaysian NGO based in Kuala Lumpur  committed to the conservation, preservation and promotion of Malaysia’s built heritage.

SaveMyHeritage – a web platform initiated by Badan Warisan Malaysia to accommodate advocacy for initiatives/projects for the protection of specific threatened or endangered heritage assets.

National heritage Department: Jabatan Warisan Negara (website is mostly in Bahasa)

International Council of Monuments and Sites (Icomos) Malaysia (Facebook)

Penang/Georgetown and Melaka UNESCO listings

UNESCO World Heritage (web page) – this page recalls the three Outstanding Universal Value criteria that allowed Georgetown and Melaka to be listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in 2008.

Penang Heritage Trust, the NGO that has been critically instrumental in the revival of Georgetown’s heritage.

Penang Forum: a coalition of public interest civil society organisations focusing on Penang’s sustainable development issues

George Town World Heritage Inc. (GTWHI), the corporate body now responsible for the management, monitoring and promotion of the city of George Town as a World Heritage Site.

Malacca (Melaka) World Heritage office

Others, Asia

Asian Academy for Heritage Management  – a network of higher learning institutions from the region offering professional training in cultural heritage management, under UNESCO and ICCROM guidance. The secretariat is hosted by the Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam.

Yangon Heritage Trust – “now seen as a role model for preservation projects but it operates on a shoestring with support from Australia, the US and France” said an Telegraph (UK) article (“Britain’s crumbling colonial heritage laid bare in shocking pictures”, 24 Apr. 2016)

 UNESCO page on Luang Prabang (Laos)- the old town of Luang Prabang was listed by UNESCO in 1993.

UNESCO page on Lijiang town (Yunnan, China). UNESCO listed Lijiang old town in 1997.

South East Asia Archaeology – an independent  newsblog by archaeologist Hidalgo Tan.


UNESCO World Heritage :  everything on UNESCO’s involvement in Heritage Conservation.

ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) – an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage. Based in Rome. Malayisa is a member.

ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites) – a global NGO dedicated to the conservation of the world’s monuments and sites. Based in France. It has a Malaysia Chapter (see link above).