Mei Ho House Revitalisation Project
Hostelling International is a global association of Youth Hostels. We are a charity and our focus has always been on social empowerment. For the 2017 Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development we have developed a busy program to address ten different areas of sustainability.
In October, we focus on the theme of “Protecting Destinations: Culture and biodiversity”. Read more on our blog. A fantastic example of this is the Mei Ho House Revitalisation project in Hong Kong.
The Heritage of Mei Ho House (HMHH) museum is the first privately-run museum of Hong Kong Housing established and operated by the Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association.
Mei Ho House originated from a devastating fire that broke out in 1953 (later known as “Shek Kip Mei Fire”) and made nearly 58,000 people homeless. In order to provide long term housing to the large number of fire victims, the government built the first batch of resettlement blocks on the site of the fire. The eight six-storey resettlement blocks, which included Mei Ho House, were completed in 1954.
Mei Ho House marked the beginning of Hong Kong’s public housing programme, making it an ideal site for setting up a museum focusing on the history of the local community and the evolution of public housing and folk life.
HMHH is established to promote community-led conservation of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage, traditions and ethoses of Mei Ho House and Hong Kong through the collection and preservation of artefacts, research, education and exhibition of Hong Kong’s community development, living environments and aspects of social life since the 1950s. From guided tours to cultural events, the Mei Ho House provides an authentic social and cultural experience for its visitors.