• Corporation
  • Project Period
  • Project Type
  • Approved Budget
  • Hong Kong Culture Heritage Studies and Promotion Association
  • Completion on 25 July 2019
  • 3rd Round Approved Project
  • $680,000
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Objective Shau Kei Wan is located in the east of Hong Kong Island and the community has a long history. The earliest residents were Hakkas and the area mainly relied on mining at quarries and fishery. When the British landed on Hong Kong, there was already a considerable size of population. Shau Kei Wan not only has a natural shelter for boats but also was a strategic military location. The project enhanced Shau Kei Wan residents’ understanding of the old Quarry Bay area, regarding the fortresses and its importance in harbour defence strategy, the military history and their relationships with the Shau Kei Wan community history and to appreciate the changes in Shau Kei Wan area from past to present. Also, the project illustrated to the public how the military history and development of this strategic location was related to the defense for Hong Kong and the Shau Kei Wan community.

This two-year program focused on Shau Kei Wan’s military strategic location and its history, oral history by veterans, fishery development, life on water for people who live on boats, community organizations and festivals, specialty shops, and community life. The programme presented these information and materials in form of public exhibitions, lectures, guided tours, and the production of “Shau Kei Wan” Community Map, CDs and books on oral history which showcased Shau Kei Wan local stories and festivals. These materials were distributed to local primary and secondary schools, libraries and the public in the district to promote Shau Kei Wan’s military history, community development and local life stories. Also, community members were trained as conservation ambassadors to introduce the history, festivals and cultural characteristics of the community who helped to reconstruct the community image of Shau Kei Wan and strengthen the centripetal spirit of local residence for the area.