Hong Kong celebrated International Archives Day for the first time in 2012 with a day of exhibits and talks by leading members of Hong Kong’s archive community. International Archives Day was established following a UNESCO Mandate in 2007 to raise awareness of the importance of archives across the world. The event was jointly organised by HKHP and the Hong Kong Archives Society and attended by history enthusiasts, students and archivists. HKHP used the opportunity to introduce its Archive to a new audience. Items on display included a selection of historic records from the China Light and The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd. collections. Simon Chu, Chairman of the Hong Kong Archives Society, gave a lecture on the importance of archives to society.