Research centre eyes regional input
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Borneo Research Centre (PenBorneo) at Anggerek Desa is looking to engage with regional professionals and experts to further enhance the centre’s objective as the main focal institution in the sultanate for research and documentation.
Mardiah Hj Ramli, a history officer at PenBorneo, said that it is part of the centre’s long-term goals to have more experts from Borneo come to the centre and share their expertise on historical resources and documentation on Borneo.
“Previously, we invited a consultant from Holland to help us and share ideas and insights regarding the resources that we have at PenBorneo,” she said on the sidelines of a visit by China’s delegates to Brunei’s History Centre yesterday.
The visit of the Holland professional deepened the understanding of the works and practices on preserving historical documentation that can be adopted by officers and personnel at the centre.
The centre currently houses 15 staff and personnel since its inauguration in 2013.
Mardiah went on to say the centre is also planning to invite guest speakers from other parts of Borneo in the near future.
“These visits and collaborations (with other experts) can further enhance our knowledge (on archival and preservation methods) and (provide insight on) how to expand PenBorneo as a research centre, especially for academia,” she said.
Though the centre is still relatively new, it has attracted many visitors, particularly researchers and students from educational institutions in the sultanate, as well as from overseas, added Mardiah.
“We are also actively promoting the centre to the public, especially university students as the materials and documentation that we have at the centre are all primary resources that can facilitate their research or studies on Brunei or Borneo in general,” she said, adding that the centre is currently holding a ‘mini exhibition’ on Brunei’s first State Mufti.
The centre is open daily from 8am to 12.15pm and from 1.30pm to 4.15pm except on Fridays and Sundays.
It currently houses four units — the Recond Unit, Conservation Unit, Binding Unit and Digitalisation Unit.
Visitors at the centre can access various materials retrieved from all over the region including old manuscripts, agreement letters, documents, journals, books and newspapers.
The Brunei Times