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"Pleasure and Leisure: A Glimpse of Children's Pastimes in Hong Kong" roving exhibitions and talks

30 September 2019

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The roving exhibition "Pleasure and Leisure: A Glimpse of Children's Pastimes in Hong Kong" will be held at the Sha Tin Public Library from October 1 to 30. One can learn more about the transformation of Hong Kong's society and livelihoods from the 1950s to the 1980s, as well as reliving joyful childhood moments in those years. This is going to be the third roving exhibition under the same theme organised by the Public Records Office (PRO) of the Government Records Service.

Within the period of the roving exhibition, PRO will also organise a talk, entitled 'Pleasure and Leisure: A Glimpse of Children's pastimes in Hong Kong – Our Archives, Our Stories' on October 19 at the Sha Tin Public Library. The talk, to be conducted in Cantonese, will cover the functions and services of PRO; some highlighted holdings; and the current exhibition. Limited seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

An upcoming roving exhibition and talk under the same theme will also be held at the Hong Kong Central Library in December. Members of the public may learn more at the dedicated webpage of the exhibition. Admission to all roving exhibitions and talks is free.


Topical Guide about Textile Industry

17 September 2019

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A new topical guide about “Textile Industry” is accessible here.


Photo Album about Kowloon Walled City in the 1960s to 1970s

19 August 2019

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A new digital photo album entitled “Kowloon Walled City in the 1960s to 1970s” is accessible here.


"Pleasure and Leisure: A Glimpse of Children's Pastimes in Hong Kong" roving exhibitions and talks

1 August 2019

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The Public Records Office (PRO) of the Government Records Service is going to hold the "Pleasure and Leisure: A Glimpse of Children's Pastimes in Hong Kong" roving exhibition at the Kowloon Public Library from August 2 to 30. Apart from reliving joyful childhood moments from the 1950s to the 1980s, one can also learn more about the transformation of Hong Kong's society and livelihoods in those years.

Furthermore, the PRO will organise a talk entitled "Pleasure and Leisure: A Glimpse of Children's Pastimes in Hong Kong - Our Archives, Our Stories" on August 3 in the Kowloon Public library. The talk, to be conducted in Cantonese, will cover the functions and services; highlighted holdings of the PRO; and the "Pleasure and Leisure: A Glimpse of Children's Pastimes in Hong Kong" exhibition. Limited seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming roving exhibitions and talks under the same theme will be held in the Sha Tin Public Library and the Hong Kong Central Library in October and December respectively. Members of the public may learn more on the dedicated webpage of the exhibition. Admission to all roving exhibitions and talks is free.


Photo Album about Children's Christmas Entertainment in Kowloon City 1968

19 June 2019

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A new digital photo album entitled “Children's Christmas Entertainment in Kowloon City 1968” is accessible here.


International Archives Day 2019

31 May 2019

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In celebration of the International Archives Day (IAD), the Government Records Service (GRS) will participate with nine local institutions in the exhibition organised by the Hong Kong Archives Society on 8 June 2019. More than 30 replicas of our archival holdings will be displayed in the exhibition. Our archivist will also deliver a talk on “Challenges and Transformation: Collaboration and Innovation of Archives in the New Era” scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on that day, to talk about designing an archives in the new era, and highlight the achievements and new initiatives of the GRS amid new challenges and changes. The talk will be conducted in Cantonese.

Details of the exhibition and talks of the IAD are as follows:

Date: 8 June 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (exhibition)
12:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. (talks)
Venue: Hart Hall, H Queen’s, G/F, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

The exhibition and talks are free for admission. For further details about the exhibition and talks, please visit the website of Hong Kong Archives Society at http://www.archives.org.hk/en/page.php?pagename=latest_news&submenu=LATEST&nid=107.


New additions to the archives of the Government Records Service:
Archival records relating to Hong Kong from The National Archives of the United Kingdom

17 May 2019

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To enhance its existing archival holdings, the Public Records Office (PRO) of the Government Records Service (GRS) has acquired 150 archival records relating to Hong Kong from The National Archives (TNA) of the United Kingdom. These archival records, in the form of digital copies, are put under five manuscript series. They are available for public viewing starting from 17 May 2019. Members of the public are welcome to visit the Search Room of the PRO to inspect these records which have already been included in our online catalogue.

Brief description of the new additions

These 150 records are selected from five records series of TNA, namely 'FCO 21: Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Far Eastern Department: Registered Files (F and FE Series)', 'FCO 40: Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong Departments: Registered Files, Hong Kong, British Honduras, British Indian Ocean Territories and the Seychelles (HW and HK Series)', 'FO 371: Foreign Office: Political Departments: General Correspondence from 1906-1966', 'HO 213: Home Office: Aliens Department: General (GEN) Files and Aliens' Naturalization and Nationality (ALN and NTY Symbol Series) Files' and 'PREM 19: Records of the Prime Minister's Office: Correspondence and Papers, 1979-1997'. They are now grouped into five corresponding records series under the Hong Kong Manuscript Series (HKMS) of PRO, as follows –

HKMS188: Microfilm/Digital Images of Registered files of Far Eastern Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Selected records of FCO 21)

The newly acquired record in this existing series comprises one digitised record selected from FCO 21: Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Far Eastern Department: Registered Files (F and FE Series). The record touches on foreign governments’ views on Hong Kong in 1984. The covering period of the file in this deposit is from February 1984 to September 1984.

HKMS189: Microfilm/Digital Images of Registered Files of Hong Kong Departments, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Selected records of FCO 40)

The newly acquired records in this existing series comprise 144 digitised records selected from FCO 40: Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong Departments: Registered Files, Hong Kong, British Honduras, British Indian Ocean Territories and the Seychelles (HW and HK Series). The records cover a wide range of subjects, including defence and public order regarding the future of Hong Kong, nationality of Hong Kong residents, new airport development strategy, constitutional development and party politics in Hong Kong, international rights and obligations of Hong Kong, proposed extradition relations between Hong Kong and the UK, new governor in 1992, Hong Kong’s external relations, immigration policy, relations between the UK and Hong Kong, localisation of laws, etc. The covering period of the records is from 1983 to 1992.

HKMS195: Digital Images of Records of the Prime Minister's Office: Correspondence and Papers, 1979-1997 (Selected Documents of PREM 19)

The newly acquired records in this existing series comprise three digitised records selected from PREM 19: Records of the Prime Minister's Office: Correspondence and Papers, 1979-1997. These records include correspondence, minutes, reports and news cuttings, covering issues such as the new airport project in Hong Kong, constitutional developments and the British nationality of Hong Kong residents. The covering period of the records is from 1990 to 1992.

HKMS203: Digital Images of General Correspondence of Political Departments, Foreign Office from 1906-1966 (Selected records of FO 371)

The newly acquired record in this existing series comprises one digitised record selected from FO 371: Foreign Office: Political Departments: General Correspondence from 1906-1966. The record includes correspondence and reports, concerning the political status of Hong Kong. The covering period of the record is 1964.

HKMS219: Digital Images of General Files and Aliens' Naturalization and Nationality Files of Aliens Department, Home Office (Selected records of HO 213)

The newly acquired record in this new series of HKMS comprises one digitised record selected from HO 213: Home Office: Aliens Department: General (GEN) Files and Aliens' Naturalization and Nationality (ALN and NTY Symbol Series) Files. This record includes a chain of correspondence and discussions in 1990 and 1991, regarding the right of abode in Hong Kong of children born outside Hong Kong after 1997.


Records destruction information of Bureaux/Departments - 2018

25 April 2019

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The records destruction information of bureaux/departments in 2018 is now accessible here


Trial Run of Extension of Opening Hours of Search Room on Saturdays

16 April 2019

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We are pleased to announce that, from 27 April to 26 October 2019, the Search Room will be open on Saturdays by prior appointment on a trial basis. A maximum of 20 appointments can be received on every Saturday (except public holidays) during the six-month trial period. Details of the arrangements are accessible at this link.


Photo Album about Activities of Princess Alexandra Community Centre in the 1960s

12 April 2019

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A new digital photo album entitled “Activities of Princess Alexandra Community Centre in the 1960s” is accessible here.


Roving exhibition "Pleasure and Leisure: A Glimpse of Children’s Pastimes in Hong Kong " and talk

27 March 2019

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Roving exhibition “Pleasure and Leisure: A Glimpse of Children’s Pastimes in Hong Kong” and talk will be organised at the following public libraries running between April to December 2019. Details are as follows:

Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai Public Library

Roving Exhibition

2-29 April

Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday
9:00 – 20:00

Thursday
12:00 – 20:00

Sunday & Public Holidays
9:00 – 17:00
Kowloon Public Library

Roving Exhibition

2-30 August

Monday
12:00 – 20:00

Tuesday to Saturday
9:00 – 20:00

Sunday & Public Holidays
9:00 – 17:00

Talk
3 August (Sat)
11:00 – 12:30
Sha Tin Public Library

Roving Exhibition

1-30 October

Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday
9:00 – 20:00

Thursday
12:00 – 20:00

Sunday & Public Holidays
9:00 – 17:00

Talk
19 October (Sat)
14:30 – 16:00
1/F, Hong Kong Central Library

Roving Exhibition

4-30 December

Monday-Tuesday,
Thursday-Sunday
10:00 – 21:00

Wednesday
13:00 – 21:00

Public Holidays
10:00 – 19:00

Activity Room 1, Hong Kong Central Library

Talk
14 December (Sat)
14:30 – 16:00

Free admission

Talks will be conducted in Cantonese. Limited seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Public Engagement Programme: "Childlike Innocence on Camera" and "Share the Joy"

25 February 2019

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The Public Records Office has for the first time combined the "Pleasure and Leisure: A Glimpse of Children's Pastimes in Hong Kong" exhibition with two public engagement programmes, namely "Childlike Innocence on Camera" and "Share the Joy", inviting members of the public to contribute photographs taken from the 1950s to 1980s that depicted their childhood playtime and contribute plastic or metallic toys popular at any time during the same period. Selected photographs and toys contributed by the public will be uploaded to the exhibition's dedicated webpage and displayed in the Exhibition Hall respectively, thereby completing the exhibition as a collage of fond memories of childhood fun time unique to each and everyone. For details of the public engagement programmes, please click "Childlike Innocence on Camera" and "Share the Joy".


Current Exhibition: "Pleasure and Leisure: A Glimpse of Children's Pastimes in Hong Kong"

25 February 2019

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The Public Records Office (PRO) of the Government Records Service holds the "Pleasure and Leisure: A Glimpse of Children's Pastimes in Hong Kong" exhibition at the Exhibition Hall of Hong Kong Public Records Building starting from today (Feb 25) to showcase how children's pastimes in Hong Kong evolved from the 1950s to the 1980s through the display of a variety of the PRO's holdings. Apart from reliving the joyful childhood moments, one can also learn more about the transformation of our society and livelihood in those years.

The dedicated webpage for the exhibition contains reference resources, and information of the upcoming roving exhibitions and talks under the same theme which will be held from the coming April to December at various Hong Kong Public Libraries of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Members of the public are welcome to view some 200 photographs from archival holdings which depict interesting moments of childhood playtime in the old days in the "Image Gallery" section of the webpage.

Opening hours of Exhibition Hall are from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (closed on public holidays). Admission is free.


New additions to the archives of the Government Records Service:
Archival records relating to Hong Kong from The National Archives of the UK (TNA)

25 February 2019

To enhance its existing archival holdings, the Public Records Office (PRO) of the Government Records Service (GRS) has acquired 123 archival records relating to Hong Kong from The National Archives (TNA) of the United Kingdom. These archival records, in the form of digital copies, were put under four manuscript series. They are available for public viewing starting from 25 February 2019. Members of the public are welcome to visit the Search Room of the PRO to inspect these records which have already been included in our online catalogue.

Brief description of the new additions

These 123 records are selected from four records series of TNA, namely, 'CAB 128: Cabinet Office – Cabinet Minutes and Papers (CM and CC Series)', 'FCO 21: Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Far Eastern Department: Registered Files (F and FE Series)', 'FCO 40: Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong Departments: Registered Files, Hong Kong, British Honduras, British Indian Ocean Territories and the Seychelles (HW and HK Series)' and 'PREM 19: Records of the Prime Minister's Office: Correspondence and Papers, 1979-1997'. They are now grouped into four corresponding records series under the Hong Kong Manuscript Series (HKMS) of PRO, as follows –

HKMS218: Digital Images of Records of the Cabinet Office - Cabinet Minutes and Papers (Selected Records of CAB128)

The newly acquired record in this new series comprises one digitised record selected from CAB128: Cabinet Office - Cabinet Minutes and Papers (CM and CC Series). The record is about Cabinet conclusions of meetings chaired by the Prime Minister. Matters discussed include Vietnamese boat people and their repatriation, confidence crisis in Hong Kong, nationality issue of Hong Kong people and their right of abode in Britain etc. The covering period of the record is from June 1989 to December 1989.

HKMS188: Microfilm/Digital Images of Registered files of Far Eastern Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Selected records of FCO21)

The newly acquired records in this existing series comprise 11 digitised records selected from FCO 21: Foreign Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Far Eastern Department: registered Files (F and FE Series). The records touch on internal politics in the Mainland and issues in relation to student demonstrations in 1989. The covering period of the records is from January to December 1989.

HKMS189: Microfilm/Digital Images of Registered Files of Hong Kong Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Selected records of FCO 40)

The newly acquired records in this existing series comprise 110 digitised records selected from FCO 40: Commonwealth Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Hong Kong Departments: Registered Files, Hong Kong, British Honduras, British Indian Ocean Territories and the Seychelles (HW and HK Series). The records cover a wide range of subjects, including future of Hong Kong, death of Sir Edward Youde, Sino-British Joint Liaison Group, constitutional development and party politics in Hong Kong, parliamentary reports and British policies on Hong Kong, citizenship and nationality issues for Hong Kong people including the ethnic minorities, passports and visas, human rights and Bill of Rights in Hong Kong, defence and public order, shipping, stock market and exchange rate etc. The covering period of the records is from 1967 to 1991.

HKMS195: Digital Images of Records of the Prime Minister's Office: Correspondence and Papers, 1979-1997 (Selected Documents of PREM 19)

The newly acquired record in this existing series comprises one digitised record selected from PREM 19: Prime Minister's Office: Correspondence and Papers, 1979-1997. It is about the reports on the political and economic situations in the Mainland from 1979 to 1989 by the UK government.


Closure of Exhibition Hall

16 January 2019

To prepare for staging the upcoming thematic exhibition, the Exhibition Hall will be temporarily closed from 21st January 2019.

We regret this service is temporarily unavailable.


Thematic Film Show

31 December 2018

Public Records Office (PRO), Government Records Service (GRS) preserves a collection of audio-visual materials transferred from the Information Services Department (ISD). They record different aspects of Hong Kong society between 1950s and early 1980s.

PRO has selected some titles and edited as a thematic film clip of 35-minute length, entitled "Housing in Hong Kong in the 1960s and 1970s”. Through viewing the film clip, the elderly can recall their memory of old Hong Kong and the younger generation can understand the development of Housing in Hong Kong. For details, please see the brief introduction.

Starting from 4 January 2019, the thematic film will be available for viewing at 11:00am (English version) and 3:30pm (Cantonese version) on every Friday (except public holidays) in the Visitors' Common Room on 1st Floor of the Hong Kong Public Records Building. Admission is free. For details, please refer to the program.

We can entertain up to 20 people in this activity. The seats are reserved for walk-in visitors on a first-come, first served basis. For enquiries or group appointment, please call us at 2195-7700.