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PHT Site Visit: Fort Cornwallis

Penang Heritage Trust’s next site visit is to Fort Cornwallis. Details of the visit are as follows:

Date: 27 August 2017 (Sunday)

Time: 3pm to 5pm

Venue: Fort Cornwallis (Entrance facing City Hall)

Donations: RM15 (members)/ RM30 (non-members)

Fort Cornwallis was built as early as 1786, when Captain Francis Light first landed in Penang. The first structure built was by using nibong palms, and the brick and stone structure was only built in 1804. Today, the fort remains as Malaysia’s largest fort, and is the only fort that had never engaged in combat throughout its operational history.

We will have Dr Goh Hsiao Mei, lead archaeologist responsible for the excavations there, and Marcus Langdon, historian and author, to lead us for the site visit. They will explain the multi-layers of history beneath and behind the fort.

To RSVP, please write to or call +604 264 2631