GTWHI Resource Centre

As part of our mission to educate people about heritage we run a Resource Centre which houses sample traditional building materials, and a library and digital archive of historical documents, maps and photographs. The resource centre is open during office hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:30pm.

Special requests for research assistance can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Books of the Month


Title : Biographical Dictionary of Mercantile Personalities of Penang
Author : Loh Wei Leng, Badriyah Haji Salleh, Mahani Musa, Wong Yee Tuan and Marcus Langdon (editors)
Publisher : Think City & MBRAS.
Following the settlement of Penang by the British East India Company in 1786 the island quickly developed into a flourishing maritime port of exchange. By 1805 the population was ‘so diversified as at this day to write in 13 distinct alphabets, & speak in 28 distinct dialects’.

The 200 concise biographies of early Penang mercantile personalities included in this volume offer the reader a rare and invaluable glimpse into their lives. The selection is a veritable cultural cross-section of those who pioneered the growth of Penang in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It highlights not only their contribution to the economic, social, political and cultural development of Penang, but also of Malaysia and Southeast Asia as a whole.


Title : George Town’s Historic Commercial & Civic Precincts
Researcher : Marcus Langdon
Publisher: George Town World Heritage Incorporated
Language: English

Unique cultural diversity, spanning more than two centuries of settlement, has left recognizable imprints throughout the George Town World Heritage Site.

They are reflected in its citizenry, its food, its festivals and trades, and its intriguing assortment of architectural styles. But who left these imprints and what are their stories? Delving into the historical past of 75 prominent commercial and civic sites, this book reveals the stories of those individuals, families, corporations and institutions involved. Some of have since passed into history; others have grown in strength and are still making history today. These stories, accompanied by over 280 illustrations, will transport you back through the layers of time, providing a rare insight into the growth of commerce and advancement of civic life in this fledgling, and then thriving, city.

 The above books are available in GTWHI Resource Centre. Public is welcome to visit us from Monday – Friday (except public holidays) 9am to 5pm.


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