The Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance was enforced in 1976 to ensure that the best examples of Hong Kong's monuments are under appropriate protection. In the same year, the Antiquities Advisory Board (the Board) and the Antiquities and Monuments Office (the Office) were established. The Office, which provides secretarial and executive support to the Board in conserving places of historical and archaeological interest, is the executive arm of the Antiquities Authority.
The Office is headed by its Executive Secretary and comprises professional
staff organized into five sections dealing with archaeology, historical buildings,
education and publicity, technical and advisory, planning and management respectively.
There is also a separate section to provide secretariat
and administrative support to both the Board and the