FoSM to launch virtual exhibition as part of Beccari Centenary

Licuala species found at Kubah National Park, Kuching. (photos credit to Dona Drury Wee).

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KUCHING, Sept 26: Friends of Sarawak Museum (FoSM), a non-profit organisation (NGO) promoting Sarawak’s heritage is inviting the public to join its ‘Plant People: Unearthing Botany In Sarawak’ virtual exhibition via Zoom on Oct 2.

FoSM in a statement said the virtual exhibition which will be held from 4pm to 5.30pm is part of the Beccari Centenary, with the theme “Revealing Sarawak’s Biodiversity”.

“The exhibition tells the story of botany in Sarawak, and how scientific study has changed human relationship with the amazing plant life,” it said.


The organisation noted the opening remarks will be delivered by Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“The launch event will feature highlights from the exhibition and include a moderated discussion on Sarawak’s botanical heritage with the following distinguished panel speakers, namely; Exhibition Curator of Plant People Dr. Jennifer Morris, plant taxonomist and Begonia expert Julia Sang, freelance botanist and Beccari Centenary Project co-advisor Dr. Katherine (Kit) Pearce, including the first Sarawakian Botanist appointed by Forest Department Sarawak Dr Paul P.K. Chai,” the statement added.

Registration link for the launch event is at https://tinyurl.com/fosmplant. At the conclusion of the event, the exhibition link will be made live to the public, and participants at the launch event will be provided a link to the website hosting to view the full exhibition.

FoSM said the Beccari Centenary with the theme “Revealing Sarawak’s Biodiversity” is funded by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Sarawak.

The project includes the Beccari Discovery Trail at Matang launched last year, and a talk series that just concluded in August.

It added another trail with interpretive signs is currently being developed at Kubah National Park. – DayakDaily.