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When the school relocated to Wichitsongkhram road in 1995, sixty years of noise had been terminated and became a meeting venue for teachers and alumni in a peaceful atmosphere. A conversational topic is what the best future for this meaningful place is, as well as the Phuket Kusonsongkroh Foundation (Lok Xian Kok), the school’s supporter who had considered to conduct a benefit of this building under ideals and principles of the school’s founder committee as the procedure must be of educational value and able to conduct benefits to the local community.

     In 2001, there was an idea for the establishment of a museum of The overseas Chinese in Phuket. This included education, excavation for an archaeological study and a structural design from 2002 up to now (by Plan Motif Co., Ltd.) under the support of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization.

     When Phuket required tourists to visit the town more, the supporting activities and adjustment of several places in Phuket town has increased since 2002 until now. The people who have participated and seen the value of knowledge from the past have tried to find the conclusion of possibility in the conduction of a museum at the place which was previously a school. It was presented to the chairman of Phuket Kusonsongkhroh Foundation (Lok Xian Kok), Mr.Sombat Atiset and was approved to adjust the building and area around the building. The 1st period of the museum construction was at the beginning of 2006, Anan Samermit was the project manager, Weerasak Naweekarn supervised the designs and information. At the beginning of 2008, not too long after the opening, Phuket Thaihua Museum was becoming well-known widely with its “Chino-Portuguese Photography Exhibition”, the display of old local photos and the charming photos of the Phuket way by a group of skillful photographers of the Phuket Photo Club complete with an academic lecture in the topic of “Old Town Conservation”, by technical specialists from Bangkok, under the support of the Phuket Municipality.

     The prosperity was the committee of Architectural Arts Conservation. Siam Architech Association under the King patronage had decided to award Phuket Thaihua Museum in its outstanding in conserving architectural arts of 2008, in the category of constitutional building and public building.

     At the end of 2008, Harin Sukavaj undertook the museum development of the 2nd period continued from Weerasak. Harin invited the local academics and knowledgeable people led by Sommai Pinphutthasin, the chairman of interested people in Phukej History, and Phat Jankaew, Rudee Phoomiphuthaworn and the other people who worked together in the preparation of information. These are the faculty of teachers and alumni of the school such as Sanchai Tangtheerasunun, Suthat Raktaetrakul, Saikaew Tanwatthananikul, Wiphada Arammethaphong and Mongkhon Susangrat who always provide consultations. The design architect is Cathaleeya Wisanwit, graphics were designed by Karanik Yimphat and Manthana Leesakun. The art works are solely the skills of Phuket and southern Thai workers who are Winai Wiwatthanaworawong and Khunsawang Anusin-sculptors, Arthit Na Phatthalung and Yongyut Ruyan-painters and Cheawcharn Kornsawat who supervised the material works and production, Chinese translation was by Mandarin Education School (MA-ED) and Thitikorn Sujirachanon, and the English translation by Siripanya School, Earth Language Training Centre, which was completed in the middle of 2010.

     Workers, housekeepers, carpenters, masons, furniture workers, painters, electricians, plumbers, glassworkers, printers, computer workers, sculptors, group of video makers, historians, writers, teachers, storekeepers, students, friends from other museums, and our neighbourhood friends of at least 50 people, they are mostly Phuket people and local people, some of them are part of the Thaihua School Alumni. For around 20 months with more than ten million baths worth of budget for working together in the modification of an old building, which was nearly eighty years old, to be re-born with the remaining things which have not been changed, it is essential for maintaining the sources of knowledge provision of the local community afterward.