26 Church Street,
The Permanent Home of The Penang Heritage Trust
After many years of struggle, together with the effort and help of many individuals and organisations, and after many months of painstaking restoration work, PHT moved into its permanent home at 26 Church Street. The official opening ceremony took place at 10.00am, on Sunday, 25 June 2006.
26 Church Street is believed to have been constructed around the 1860s. It housed an early-mercantile establishment in the island port settlement, and is especially important as an example of a very early shop house prototype.
The purchase and fit-out of this historic mid-19th century vernacular shop-house, as a permanent home for the Penang Heritage Trust, was achieved through the fund-raising efforts of its members and friends, and generous donations from the Penang State Government, the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism, the Malaysian Ministry of Culture, Arts & Heritage, and a supportive corporate sector; including American Express and World Monuments Fund for funding due to being listed on World Monuments Watch (2001 and 2002).
Administrative Executive – Chow Chee Kit (PJM)
Chee Kit has been staying at King Street for more than two decades. Before joining PHT, Chee Kit was working in the education sector for over a decade and actively involved in heritage events with his students. Currently, Chee Kit is holding top positions in various clans and provincial associations in Penang as well as Malaysia.