The Hong Kong Heritage Project
The Hong Kong Heritage Project (HKHP) is the archive of the Kadoorie family, their business and charitable activities. It holds the business and personal papers of the Kadoorie family spanning 100 years from 1880 – 1980, including the records of China Light and Power and The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, operators of The Peninsula Hotel. The archive also houses the records of the Jewish communities of Hong Kong and Shanghai since 1934 as well as agricultural records related to the activities of the Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association (today’s Kadoorie Farm).
HKHP is located in the new China Light and Power Head Office in Hung Hom, Kowloon, on the site of the company’s former Hok Un Power Station (1921–1991). Guided by Amelia Allsop and Clement Cheung, the visit will feature a presentation introducing the story of the Kadoorie family’s early years in the Far East, including their early charitable activities in India, China and the Middle East, their public and political work in Hong Kong, and details of their lesser known business ventures. The talk will be followed by a display of the project’s historic records, when HKHP’s archivist will be on hand to discuss the work involved in preserving and cataloguing these items. Materials on display will include records from various Kadoorie business interests as well as those related to the charitable, public and political activities of the family.
Amelia Allsop is the Business Research and Communications Manager of The Hong Kong Heritage Project (HKHP). She has worked at HKHP since its inception in 2007 and is responsible for the project’s business related research, writing and communications. Prior to joining HKHP, Amelia worked as a researcher for a Member of Parliament and on a Legislative Bill team in London. She also worked as a researcher and writer for two external corporate history publications in 2012 – 2013.
Clement Cheung is the Manager – Repository and Librarian of The Hong Kong Heritage Project (HKHP). He has worked at HKHP since its founding in 2007 and is responsible for preserving the archive’s extensive collection and maintaining its daily operations. Before joining HKHP, Clement worked in the field of information management for many years in both the private and public sectors.