In the last four decades, a conscious appreciation of architectural conservation has been established in Malaysia. After more than 58 years as an independent nation, Malaysia is one of the most progressive countries in architectural development in South East Asia. In the last four decades, a conscious appreciation of architectural appreciation has been established in the country. This book provides a framework for the history and development of the architectural conservation in Malaysia, since a large vacuum exists in this area. Using the historical interpretive method, a qualitative examination of case studies and leading prominent personnel has provided historical documentation insights.
Mubin Sheppard ‒ Pioneering Works in Architectural Conservation in Malaysia provides a framework for the history and development of the architectural conservation movement in Malaysia. It attempts to give a chronological account of the development and origins of Malaysian architectural conservation efforts, with particular reference to the role of the late Tan Sri Mubin Sheppard, catalyst and leading promoter of conservation activities. Thus, Sheppard’s contribution to the ﬂedgling heritage conservation movement is examined against the background of the establishment and involvement of government agencies, primarily the Museums Department under the British Empire till the newly-implemented National Heritage Act 2005.
The book opens with a brief review of Sheppard’s life ‒ in particular, his work in Malaya/Malaysia, followed by a literature review of the historical conservation organisations in the United Kingdom, contributions to notable governmental agencies, i.e. the Department of Museums, non-governmental organisations, namely the Malayan (later Malaysian) Historical Society (MHS) and Badan Warisan Malaysia (BWM) and other contributions.
Dr. Zuraini Ali, an architect and conservationist herself, hopes that this book will inspire others to discover and acknowledge all those who have contributed to heritage conservation in Malaysia. (From our newsletter)