J. R. Jayewardene Centre

J. R. Jayewardene Centre is an archive, library, and museum in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is the official institute of the first executive President of Sri Lanka, Junius Richard Jayewardene. The centre is based on the United States model of Presidential libraries.[1]

J. R. Jayewardene Centre
General information
Location191 Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo
Coordinates6°54′58″N 79°51′43″E / 6.9161589042250045°N 79.86184815486314°E / 6.9161589042250045; 79.86184815486314
Named forJ. R. Jayewardene
ManagementBoard of Governors

The centre was created under a separate act of Parliament, the J. R. Jayewardene Centre Act No. 77 of 1988, to preserve and administer the records of the former president.[2] It archives Jayewardene's personal library and papers, as well as papers and records from the Presidential Secretariat and gifts he received during his tenure. The centre is based at Vaijantha, Jayewardene's childhood home, which now serves as the J. R. Jayewardene Memorial Centre. The centre also has ownership of Braemar, Jayewardene's family home.

The centre is made up of a library, museum, presidential archives and a Japanese museum. It is open to the public and for hosting events, and is under the control of the Presidential Secretariat.[3]

The centre exhibits collections of items that Jayawardene used.[4][5]

Board of Governors


See also



  1. ^ De Silva, Kingsley M. (1995). Regional Powers and Small State Security: India and Sri Lanka, 1977-1990. Woodrow Wilson Center Press. p. ix. ISBN 9780801851490.
  2. ^ The Acts of Sri Lanka. Department of Government Printing. 1994. p. 201.
  3. ^ a b "J.R. Jayewardene Centre inspected by President Sirisena (Watch Video) - Sri Lanka Latest News". Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst. May 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "Pathfinder Collection presents bust of late president J.R. Jayewardene to Jayewardene Centre". www.ft.lk.
  5. ^ "Moragoda unveils JRJ's bust at Jayewardene Centre". Daily News.