Sheung Wan market tipped to become news museum

Journalists tipped to get approval for plan to turn building into city news museum

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 February, 2013, 5:12am

The government is expected to approve a plan to convert a disused market in Sheung Wan into a museum telling the story of Hong Kong through the news.

The Journalism Education Foundation is likely to be announced today as the winner of the tender to revitalise the former Bridges Street Market, a grade-three historic building, a source familiar with the vetting of the bids said yesterday.

The foundation proposed converting the market's now-empty 950 square metres into "News-Expo", a museum with newspaper archives and exhibits spanning the city's nearly 170 years of modern history. News produced during the 1989 pro-democracy student movement would also be displayed at the publicly funded exhibition centre, if the proposal is approved.

The foundation has previously indicated that the museum would give visitors a chance to step back in time through the news - without censorship. It would include both Chinese and English exhibits.

It is understood that the foundation recently met the Antiquities Advisory Board to explain its plan. The foundation was set up by the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong and the News Executives' Association in 2006. It is headed by veteran journalist May Chan Suk-mei, who is also director of news and public affairs for Commercial Radio.

The market is part of the site of the former American Congregational Mission's preaching hall, where Sun Yat-sen, the founder of modern China, was baptised in 1883. Many of Hong Kong's oldest newspapers were based near the market in their early years, including this newspaper, Tsun Wan Jih Pao, The China Mail and Wah Kiu Yat Po. It was the city's first post-war market building and its first in the Bauhaus style.