Na­tional Ar­chives in deal with Pe­nang Free School to pre­serve doc­u­ments, ar­ti­facts and records

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PE­NANG Free School’s (PFS) in­cep­tion his­tory, head­mas­ters and stu­dents’ records along with nu­mer­ous ar­ti­cles will be avail­able on­line for pub­lic view­ing soon. This fol­lows the sign­ing of a three-year mem­o­ran­dum of co­op­er­a­tion (MoC) be­tween PFS and the Na­tional Ar­chives.

Na­tional Ar­chives di­rec­tor-general Azemi Ab­dul Aziz said the Na­tional Ar­chives would do its best to help PFS con­serve and pre­serve its doc­u­ments, ar­ti­facts and records, some of which date back to 1885.

“We will pro­vide con­sul­ta­tion and train­ing to teach­ers, staff and stu­dents on the tech­niques of con­serv­ing and pre­serv­ing the items in the cor­rect and pro­fes­sional way.

“The doc­u­ments that are con­served and pre­served will then re­main on dis­play at PFS’s own ar­chive build­ing.

“We will digi­tise the doc­u­ments, ar­ti­facts and records so that they will be ac­ces­si­ble through our web­site to peo­ple all over the world,” he said af­ter sign­ing the MoC to­gether with PFS head­mas­ter Omar Abd Rashid at the school here yes­ter­day.

In ad­di­tion, Azemi said they would help PFS in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­mote its his­tory and help bring it to the pub­lic eye.

“This MoC with PFS is very im­por­tant to the coun­try and its peo­ple, as it is the first step to a big­ger ef­fort in pre­serv­ing a slice of his­tory.

“PFS’ his­tory not only shows us how schools used to op­er­ate, and the life in a school, but also af­fords us a glimpse of the com­mu­nity.”

He said by mak­ing the records avail­able to the pub­lic, for­mer head­mas­ters, teach­ers and stu­dents would be able to trace back to the time their fam­ily mem­bers served or stud­ied in the school.

Omar said the MoC with the Na­tional Ar­chives was a mo­men­tous event for PFS.

He said PFS had been col­lect­ing var­i­ous doc­u­ments, ar­ti­cles, ar­ti­facts and record books since its in­cep­tion in 1816.

“These doc­u­ments in­clude the his­tory of the in­cep­tion of the school, its stu­dents and head­mas­ters’ record books and even some ar­ti­cles of re­spected dig­ni­taries, which have been of great in­ter­est to sev­eral uni­ver­si­ties.

“Some of these doc­u­ments have been re­stored by the Na­tional Ar­chives and it will help us re­store the rest.”

PFS, es­tab­lished on Oct 21, 1816, is the old­est school of its kind in South­east Asia.

On Oct 21 last year, the school held its bi­cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion with some 5,000 for­mer stu­dents and teach­ers in at­ten­dance. The huge turnout was recog­nised by the Malaysia Book of Records as the big­gest of its kind for a school re­union event.

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