The gallery ‘The Ranee: Margaret of Sarawak’ is the latest addition to Kuching’s selection of museums and historical galleries. It is a tribute to the legacy of Margaret de Windt (1849 – 1936), the wife of the second White Rajah Charles Brooke, and first Queen of Sarawak.
Ranee Margaret, or ‘Mem Ranee’ as she was affectionately referred to by the local women, was a remarkable woman with many skills and talents. She was passionate about all sorts of arts, poetry and music and she became the patron of the local craft of weaving and embroidery. The Ranee was also very progressive minded and refused to be confined to gender roles of those days, which made her an advocate for women’s rights and universal education. And not to forget, she was full of love and affection for her country and its people, as well as her family to which she was a loving matriarch, wife, mother and grandmother.
Don’t miss to visit the gallery which exhibits a collection of Margaret’s personal items, as well as accounts of her extraordinary life and achievements. Of particular interest is the ‘keringkam’ (traditional embroidery) owned by Margaret which is still in peak condition.
The gallery is located within the premises of the Old Courthouse and opens daily from 09:00 hrs to 16:45 hrs. A small entrance fee to the gallery is payable on spot. Combined tickets for ‘The Ranee: Margaret of Sarawak’ and ‘The Brooke Gallery’, which are both managed by the ‘Brooke Trust’, are available at the entrance ticket counter of both galleries.