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Heritage Sabah to conduct documentation study on Atkinson Clock Tower


KOTA KINABALU, 24th Jun 2012, Sunday. – Heritage Sabah will be carrying out a documentation exercise of the Atkinson Clock Tower with the permission of Museum Sabah while on-going works to repair the 107-year-old clock tower is in progress.

View of the Atkinson Clock Tower now under repairs facilitated by Museum Sabah.

This is following the decision of the museum to facilitate structural repairs on the oldest historical landmark in KK city after the Heritage Sabah NGO highlighted its poor condition to the public through their Facebook social network page.

This swift response from Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun and Museum Sabah Director Ms. Joanna Kitingan prompted an investigation on the condition of the clock tower and subsequently confirmed that the clock tower was in timely need for an upgrade.

Heritage Sabah will be documenting the progress of the repair as well as prepare a measured drawing of the clock tower to be compiled as an academic reference. A report will be handed back to Museum Sabah for safekeeping when the documentation is complete.

The approved society (officially registered in April 2012) will also be conducting a study of resources the Sabah State Archives and other relevant government departments in an attempt to trace back the history of the clock tower – which has undergone several facelifts before its current existing façade that was done in 1959 for Jesselton’s Silver Jubilee Anniversary.

Heritage Sabah is currently looking for funding assistance to aid its volunteers in the documentation process of the Atkinson Clock Tower.

Richard Nelson Sokial from Heritage Sabah studying the layers of paint flakes at the base of the Atkinson Clock Tower to determine the colour of the clock tower throughout its many restorations since its completion in 1905.

Heritage Sabah is a society that dedicated to the Architectural and Cultural Heritage conservation in Sabah Borneo part of Malaysian. Its mission is to organize public awareness, to promote the preservation, restoration and protection of the architectural and cultural heritage, to advocate architectural and cultural heritage policies and guidelines for implementation, to collect and study any relevant information on architectural and cultural heritage for educational and reference use and to identify places with cultural significance in Sabah through Heritage Significance Assessment for protection and conservation.

Jefferi Chang from Heritage Sabah with a piece of the old fascia board taken from the roof of the Atkinson Clock Tower. Pieces of the timber components have seen sent back to Museum Sabah for preservation.

For more information, contact Heritage Sabah at their Facebook social network page at –



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