The National Archives building located on Jalan Dewan Majlis. Image: Courtesy of Museums Department

Around 290,000 archival items and records have been collected and preserved for a period of more than 40 years since the establishment of the National Archives of Brunei Darussalam.

The collections are in various forms such as audio and visual material, government files, images, manuscript, cartography, microfilm and agreement.

The National Archives of Brunei Darussalam was established in 1977 with the aim to strengthen the Brunei National Archives Acts 1975, Revised Edition 1983, Chapter 116 of Laws of Brunei.

The implementation of the act is to ensure that all government, public and permanent records are controlled, registered, and preserved for access and reference.

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The establishment of the National Archives of Brunei Darussalam is also aimed to store, keep and preserve any record collections on activities, organisations and institutions to be used as references and legal evidence in addition to protecting the national heritage of the sultanate.   

The growth of the National Archives is also strengthened through international relations. For almost 40 years, the national archives has been selected as one of the members of the International Council on Archives (ICA) since 1981.

The country also has been appointed as a member of the Southeast Asian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (SARBICA) in 1986.

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Every June 9, archival institutions around the world celebrate the International Archives Day with the aim to raise awareness on the importance of record and archival management to provide a platform for everyone to learn about the significance of national archives as the main institution that is responsible in preserving public records.

The theme for the year 2020 is “Empowering Knowledge Societies”.

Preserving now for the future

The National Archives aims to become a national research and reference institution of the sultanate, particularly by safeguarding the important information and providing access to members of the public.

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The 40-year records collection in the sultanate ranges from history to culture as well as law to administration materials.

This makes the institution to be a warehouse of knowledge which is to be beneficial for the development of the nation and its communities.

Our Records Management Unit has been providing advisory services for government agencies, reviewing records, transferring valuable records, examining materials which are under 25 years of age through the disposition and preservation processes.

Following the Financial Regulations 1983, under section 240, we are also responsible for the disposition of financial records and balance sheets.

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As for the preservation and maintenance of our archival collection, including their cleaning and management through repository inspections, storage and registration, our Archives Management Unit is tasked with reviewing records that will be permanently transferred to the National Archives.

In addition, the unit is also responsible for registering materials such as files, cartographic materials (maps and plans), audio-visuals and manuscripts and providing these references when requested by our users.

Located at Jalan Dewan Majlis, the National Archives of Brunei Darussalam aspires to support the Brunei Vision 2035 especially in achieving an educated and highly-skilled society to attain the hopes of the sultanate to become a highly-developed nation.

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In addition to providing various facilities for our customers such as the Research Hall, Finding Aids and photocopy service, we also provide workshops on archival management.

It is our responsibility to disseminate information on the significance of archives as stated in Article 12 of the Brunei Darussalam Archives Act thus we always welcome members of the public to visit National Archives Building to obtain numerous references and gain access to our invaluable collection.

In the 21st century, many archival institutions worldwide are transforming their mode of collection or storage into electronic and digital forms.

The National Archives will also prepare for any challenges that hinder any development and also to improve and enhance the system of the national archives in the sultanate for the use of our current and future generations.

Source: Museums Department

Image: Courtesy of Museums Department

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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