Although each and every relationship has had an impact on our work we are particularly grateful to the following friends for their guidance and support:
As early supporters of our project to preserve records and make them available for researchers in Sarawak, this partnership was formalised by the signing of a Memorandum to provide secure archive facilities for our records in Kuching. The centre also designed and hosted an exhibition on the life of Anthony Brooke, Rajah Muda, who passed away in 2011.
Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, through its Rhodes House facility, has provided a secure UK home for the Papers of the Brookes of Sarawak for over 40 years. Without this facility many of the records for the first 100 years of Sarawak’s history would have been inaccessible to scholars or lost forever. In recent years the Bodleian has been a significant supporter of our undertaking to make these records available freely online.
Under the leadership of its current Director, Ipoi Datan, the Sarawak Museum has revived its role at the forefront of Sarawak’s heritage preservation and study. Ever an enthusiastic supporter of our work, the Museum has been a close partner in the development of The Brooke Gallery, due to open in mid-2015.
The British Museum holds a significant endowment of early Sarawak ethnographic artefacts from the collection of amongst others, Dr Charles Hose. Display cases from the British Museum were gifted to Sarawak over 120 years ago to house its early natural history specimens and many members of the Museum's expert teams have lent their assistance and support to the Trust and Sarawak Museum during the development of The Brooke Gallery. There now exists the prospect of a revival of this historic relationship for future development and research.
Arkib Negara sponsored a large part the digitisation of the Papers of the Brookes of Sarawak and remain important partners in our endeavours to widen access to archives through new technologies.
Founded in 1924 by HH Tuan Muda Captain Bertram Brooke, the Sarawak Association exists to facilitate communication between those who have lived, worked or have a family connection with Sarawak. Its members are now increasingly drawn from a younger generation of Sarawakians living or working abroad.
Will Stirling, award winning traditional yacht designer and builder, was the Trust's choice when commissioning the research and design work for rebuilding the Royalist. Based in Plymouth, not far from where the original Royalist departed in 1838, Will approached the project with an enthusiasm, dedication and knowledge which was inspiring and fascinating and we look forward to working with Stirling & Son as the project progresses.
As keepers of the famous Sir Francis Grant oil painting of Sir James Brooke and the bust of Sir James by Thomas Woolner, the NPG plays an important role in preserving these important artefacts for posterity. We are grateful to the Gallery for their support over the years and for permission to 3D scan and reproduce the Woolner bust in bronze.
Founded by the late Rajah Muda Anthony Brooke and his wife Gita Brooke, OPTU and the Trust work closely together toward our mutual vision to inform, enrich and inspire present and future generations.