Make a habit of conducting research, National Archives Department said
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEIANS are encouraged to develop a culture or a habit of conducting research.
Speaking to The Brunei Times, Acting Head of the National Archives of Brunei Darussalam Hj Mohammad Jefri Hj Sabli said apart from keeping up to date with recent news, it is also important to be knowledgeable in the nation’s history.
“The centre mostly receives visits from research students and foreign nationals. We want to encourage more visits from the general public as archives constitute a major cultural heritage and information resource.”
He said the National Archives also wants to encourage more visits from the locals to conduct research as the centre stores and preserves various records and information stored dating back to 1844.
“The records and information we keep range from politics, economics, medicine, health and law.”
Hj Mohammad Jefri said this includes records and information stored on building plans, microfilms, audiovisuals, tape rails and other media information.
“The National Archives does not only store old documents and records but also recent documents such as documents on the implementation of the Syariah Penal Code Order.”
Original documents and archives are kept at the National Archives, but copies are available on request.
He said valuable documents that are regularly referred to or used; a copy of it is made to ensure the original documents won’t be tainted.
By making a copy, the National Archives won’t have any problems of conservation or preservation as the original documents are kept safe.
The Acting Head of National Archives of Brunei Darussalam also said that 100 per cent of records and documents that are accessible to members of the public have been digitalised to make it easier for users to gain access to the information.
The National Archives are open to everyone and admission is free.
The Brunei Times