The book traces the three-decade-long journey of the Dutch Hospital, a historic landmark in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which was eventually converted into a high-end shopping center and restaurant complex in 2012. The book includes over 50 colorful illustrations of the rescue efforts over the three decades.
Dr. Wijesuriya, a former Director of Conservation of the Department of Archaeology and a staff member at the International Centre for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, has written the book to highlight the complicated heritage journey of the Dutch Hospital, which is full of twists and turns and has many lessons for the sector.
The book also contains the life story of the hospital, which was started nearly 300 years ago and has been comprehensively researched by the late Dr. G. C. Uragoda, a renowned physician, and Prof. K.D. Paranavitana, a well-known specialist in the Dutch period archival records. This research was first published in the UK journal of Medical History in 1985.