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HeritageFest2014: Lighthouses of Singapore exhibition

NEX Atrium, Level 1
18 Jul 2014 – 27 Jul 2014

Lighthouses have traditionally been a beacon of light, direction and often, serve as hope to weary travellers and mariners. From the mid-19th century, the East India Company started constructing these towers to guide and warn seafarers through the rocky straits surrounding the Singapore island. We take a closer look at these intriguing structures, including the Raffles Lighthouse (1885); and Sultan Shoal Lighthouse (1896) and older lighthouses – now decommissioned – such as the Fullerton Lighthouse and the Fort Canning beacon.


This exhibition offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at how these lighthouses operate and sheds light on the roles they played over the last 160 years of Singapore’s history.

For more info:
http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/SHFPortal/FestivalHubs/LighthousesofSingapore

**This event is part of the Singapore HeritageFest, organised by the National Heritage Board. For more info:
http://www.heritagefest.org.sg/

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Awaken the Dragon 2014 – an on-site Workshop

Awaken the Dragon 2014 – an on-site Workshop. Saturday, 14 June 2014/ 11am – 1pm
Location: Jln Bahar Clay Studios, 97L Lor Tawas

The Singapore Heritage Society thanks Tote Board and Singapore Turf Club for their generous support.
Date/ Time: Saturday, 14 June 2014/ 11am – 1pm
Fee: $30
Location: Jln Bahar Clay Studios, 97L Lor Tawas

  • 20min: Introduction to ceramics and Singapore’s dragon kilns; slab pot demonstration
  • 40min: Participants make their own pinch pots
  • 15min: Photo of each participant with their art work.

Min. 20 pax; priority to SHS members + guests.
To register, email shs.secretary@gmail.com

Awaken the Dragon is a community art project surrounding Singapore’s last two Dragon Kilns. The project aims to invite 3,000 members of the public to participate in making a collective sculpture from clay and fired in the Dragon Kiln. This is a unique opportunity for the public to use and experience an important part of our heritage.

Awaken the Dragon has 3 phases: Workshops, Festival and Exhibition. The first Awaken the Dragon in early 2013 reached an estimated 10,000 participants. Awaken the Dragon 2014 is now underway. From May to October, a series of clay workshops will be held around Singapore to:

1. Educate the community about Singapore’s history and heritage in ceramics by sharing the story of the dragon kilns, as well as the basics of ceramics making.

2. Explore the arts, as each individual will be given clay to create their own art work that will represent them in the sea of other art works.

3. Engage the community as they learn to make their own pots that will be placed together with all the art work of the other 3,000 participants, inside the dragon kiln for the biggest ceramic firing in Singapore, in November.

Awaken the Dragon is produced by Michelle Lim and Post-Museum. It is an independent effort that is endorsed by National Arts Council and National Heritage Board.

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Celebrating Bukit Brown @ The Substation, 20 Jan 2012

A one-day celebration of Bukit Brown, with photo exhibitions, expert presentations, a public forum and the premiere of a new documentary film on Bukit Brown!

Celebrating Bukit Brown
By The Singapore Heritage Society and All Things Bukit Brown
Sunday 20 January 2013, 2pm – 8pm
The Substation Theatre
Admission: Free of charge

Since the government’s decision to build a road through Bukit Brown Cemetery wasannounced in 2011, Singaporeans from all walks of life have flocked to the 200 year-old cemetery to accquaint themselves with its rich heritage and lush greenery. Local volunteers, academics, and artists have dedicated their time and craft to capture, recordand understand the legacy and meaning of Bukit Brown and its place in our nation’s history.

This year mass exhumations and the construction of the eight-lane road will begin. Celebrating Bukit Brown aims to showcase the efforts of ordinary Singaporeans who have worked tirelessly on Bukit Brown. It is a one-day event comprising photo exhibitions, poetry, expert presentations, theatrical readings, a public forum and a film screening. We invite you to bring artefacts, family mementoes and creative output (art, painting,poetry, music) to share your stories, and pen on the wall what Bukit Brown means to you. Descendants will share their journeys with you. Come celebrate our national heritage with us. There will be books and other merchandise available for purchase.

Highlights include:

1. Talks by battlefield archaeologist Jon Cooper on WWII
2. Presentation on the material culture of Bukit Brown and the Chinese diaspora by Dr Lai Chee Kien
3. First public-screening of the documentary Bukit Brown Voices by Khoo Su-Mae and Brian McDairmant. This 45-minute documentary follows Singaporean families asthey carry out Qingming rituals and exhume their ancestors.
4. Update on the documentation project by Dr Hui Yew-Foong, with input from DrTerence Heng and Jasmine Ng.
5. A public forum.

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Curator’s Tour: Adam Park and William Haxworth Exhibitions – A Pictorial Report

Event: Curator’s Tour of the Adam Park and William Haxworth Exhibitions, 31 March 2012 – A Pictorial Report

For just over two hours on a Saturday afternoon, over twenty history and heritage enthusiasts (a full house!) were treated to a extremely enjoyable and engaging guided tour by Lim Chen Sian, a key curator of the two exhibitions – Four Days in February: Adam Park The Last Battle and Images of Internment: The Eye and Art of William Haxworth.

Via Chen’s vivid and candid descriptions of the actions of the First Battalion of the Cambridgeshire Regiment, his audience came away with a empathetic understanding of the Cambridgeshires’ four days of forlorn but ultimately gallant defence of the Adam Park area against the marauding Japanese forces in 1942. Involved in the excavation project at Adam Park, which yielded many interesting remnants of the four-day battle, Chen also provided much insight into archaeological techniques and their contribution to a better understanding of Singapore’s military past.

The Curator’s Tour also included the Images of Internment exhbition, where the sketches of a former internee, William Haxworth, are currently displayed. These sketches depicted life as an internee during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, giving much insight into how a group of people attempted to deal with defeat and incarceration.

The two exhibitions are ongoing until 24 June 2012. Please do go visit them at Level 10 of the National Library Building.

For more pictures of the Curator’s Tour, go to our Facebook page HERE.

For pictures of the opening of the two exhibitions, click HERE.

Do look out for more Singapore Heritage Society events in the following weeks:

7 April – Book launch: The Battle of Penang. More information and registration here: http://battleofpenang.eventbrite.com/

14 April – Forum on The Cost and Value of Singapore’s Heritage. More information and registration here: http://costandvalueheritage.eventbrite.com/

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Exhibitions: 70th Anniversary of the Battle for Singapore

The Singapore Heritage Society, together with the National Heritage Board, the National Library Board and the National Archives of Singapore, presents two exhibitions on the Battle for Singapore in 1942…

Four Days in February: Adam Park, The Last Battle

Visit the exhibition and find out more about Adam Park and its role as one of Britain’s defence positions in Singapore during the World War II (WWII). The exhibition features a physical recreation of the typology of Adam Park and showcases the research findings and artefacts uncovered by the Singapore Heritage Society during its archaeological excavation of Adam Park.

Images of Internment: The Eye and Art of William Haxworth

Ex-Prisoner-of-War and accomplished artist William Haxworth provides his perspective on World War II in Singapore through over one hundred pieces of his artworks depicting life in the Prisoner-of-War camps. The artworks are on loan from the National Archives of Singapore’s Haxworth Collection, together with selected sketches by Mr Chia Chew Soo, from the National Archives Collection, and drawings by internationally renowned Singaporean artist Liu Kang on the Japanese Occupation in Singapore. The exhibition serves as an extension to the Adam Park story.

Both exhibitions are curated by the Singapore Heritage Society and Forth Research Design.

Exhibition Details: 9 February 2012 – 24 June 2012, National Library Singapore, Level 10, National Library Gallery

See 70th Ann Battle of SG for more information.

Talk: Vignettes in Time: Singapore Maps and History through the Centuries- a Curator’s Tour by Lim Chen Sian & Mok Ly Yng

venue: Level 10 The National Library, 100 Victoria Street
date | time: Saturday, 30 Oct 2009 | 5.00 pm

This exhibition depicts Singapore as seen through cartographers, geologists, mariners, military generals and town planners. Beginning with the arrival of the British and merchants from the nascent East India Company, to military strategists of Imperial Japan and postwar city planners, “Vignettes in Time” provides snippets of littleknown
histories.

This exhibition features three ‘firsts’. First, this is the largest exhibition of Singapore maps ever. Moreover, more than 80% of the materials on display are original artifacts and not reproductions.

Secondly, the Lim Shao Bin Collection of Japanese Maps & Materials includes the (never before seen) Secret Papers of General Utsunomiya’s Operation Nanpo. Never before has such a large body of Japanese materials relating to Singapore been contextually exhibited.

Third, shown for the very first time in public – anywhere – is a pair of sketches/images of Singapore dating to February and April 1819. These were only recently discovered by Australian researcher Marcus Langdon. They predate ALL known maps and images of Singapore, and can be said to be the “earliest known” images of Singapore to exist!

This exhibition is part of the National Library’s i.remember.sg festival and was opened by Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, RAdm (NS) Lui Tuck Yew.

Don’t miss it!

LIM Chen Sian majored in Archaeology and Finance at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts and has recently completed his MA research thesis with the Southeast Asian Studies Programme National University of Singapore (NUS). His interest in cartography of Singapore stems from his work in studying and identifying historical
archaeology sites. His research interests includes the archaeology of colonial period Singapore and
identifying the potential archaeologies in Singapore.

Flyer: Vignettes in Time: Singapore Maps and History through the Centuries- a Curator’s Tour by Lim Chen Sian & Mok Ly Yng

Talk: Vignettes in Time: Singapore Maps and History through the Centuries – an exhibition curated by Lim Chen Sian featuring the collections of the National Library Board and Mr Lim Shao Bin

venue: Level 10 The National Library, 100 Victoria Street
date | time: Saturday, 1 Aug 2009 | 2.00 pm

This exhibition depicts Singapore as seen through cartographers, geologists, mariners, military generals and town planners. Beginning with the arrival of the British and merchants from the nascent East India Company, to military strategists of Imperial Japan and postwar city planners, “Vignettes in Time” provides snippets of littleknown
histories.

This exhibition features three ‘firsts’. First, this is the largest exhibition of Singapore maps ever. Moreover, more than 80% of the materials on display are original artifacts and not reproductions.

Secondly, the Lim Shao Bin Collection of Japanese Maps & Materials includes the (never before seen) Secret Papers of General Utsunomiya’s Operation Nanpo. Never before has such a large body of Japanese materials relating to Singapore been contextually exhibited.

Third, shown for the very first time in public – anywhere – is a pair of sketches/images of Singapore dating to February and April 1819. These were only recently discovered by Australian researcher Marcus Langdon. They predate ALL known maps and images of Singapore, and can be said to be the “earliest known” images of Singapore to exist!

This exhibition is part of the National Library’s i.remember.sg festival and will be opened by Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, RAdm (NS) Lui Tuck Yew. Don’t miss it!

LIM Chen Sian majored in Archaeology and Finance at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts and has recently completed his MA research thesis with the Southeast Asian Studies Programme National University of Singapore (NUS). His interest in cartography of Singapore stems from his work in studying and identifying historical
archaeology sites. His research interests includes the archaeology of colonial period Singapore and identifying the potential archaeologies in Singapore.

Flyer: Vignettes in Time: Singapore Maps and History through the Centuries – an exhibition curated by Lim Chen Sian featuring the collections of the National Library Board and Mr Lim Shao Bin

Tour: i remember.sg ! Heritage Road Show IV- a heritage hunt to illustrate the milestones of Singapore from 1959 to 2009

Our partners the national library board proudly presents:
i remember.sg ! Heritage Road Show IV- a heritage hunt to illustrate the milestones of Singapore from 1959 to 2009

donate your stories and photographs, click on to the url link, www.iremember.sg

Do you remember the first broadcast of Television Singapura?

Do you remember the opening of People’s Park?

Do you remember the withdrawal of the British military?

Do you remember the SARS epidemic?

These are events that have transpired in the annals of Singapore’s history and have in one way or the other shaped Singapore in its present form, but more importantly, we want to hear from you about these events, and others that have happened in your own life set against the backdrop of these significant events in the last 50 years.
Were you there to witness any of the historic events or major milestones as part of Singapore’s history?
As part of National Library’s upcoming Heritage Road Show event, we are calling for stories or photographs
that can best illustrate the major 50 years milestones of Singapore’s history from 1959 – 2009. Submit your
stories and photographs to us from now till 1 August 2009 and you stand a chance to win CASH prizes of up to
$5,000! Hurry! You could be one of our lucky prize winners!
You are also invited to the launch of this year’s Heritage Road Show event happening on Saturday, 1 August 2009. You can experience our ‘Changing Landscapes of Singapore’ photography exhibition, listen to a ‘live radio’ interview from our donors as well as walk through the visual geography changing landscapes of Singapore from the ‘I remember.sg’ visual wall.

Flyer: i.remember.sg ! Heritage Road Show IV

Talk: Lim Boon Keng- A Life to Remember. 1869-1957

Venue: Level 9 Promenade, National Library
Date: Wed 24 Jan- Sun 18 Mar 2007

Lim Boon Keng: A Life to Remember
Introduction
Dr Lim Boon Keng was a phenomenon. He was a polymath the likes of which Singapore has never seen and is unlikely to see again. A brilliant scholar, Lim won a Queen’s Scholarship to study medicine at Edinburgh University. During his long and eventful life, Lim was medical doctor, legislator, scholar, educator, entrepreneur, community leader, social reformer and philanthropist.
This exhibition is held in conjunction with the launch of the reprint of Dr Lim’s seminal work, The Chinese Crisis from Within to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr Lim’s death in January 1907.
Early Life & Education
Lim Boon Keng was born the third son of Lim Thean Geow on 18 October 1869 in Singapore. His mother died when he was three and by aged 12, he was orphaned. Lim was educated at the Cross Street Government School and then at Raffles Institution where he proved himself an exceptional scholar. In 1887, Lim became the first Chinese to win the Queen’s Scholarship and proceeded to Scotland to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Lim graduated with first class honours in August 1892, winning the Atholl Medal for his stellar performance.
Medical Practice (1893–1921)
When Lim returned to Singapore in May 1893, he established his medical practice in a small shop-house in Telok Ayer Street. In his leisure hours, he learnt Mandarin and Cantonese and read Chinese literature. Lim soon established a reputation as a first-rate physician and in 1897, he went into partnership with Dr T Murray Robertson and opened ‘The Dispensary’ at Raffles Place. Lim continued to practice there for about 10 years. In 1911, Lim was appointed Inspector-General of the hospitals in Peking (Beijing) and in the following year, became confidential secretary and personal physician to Dr Sun Yat-sen, first President of the Chinese Republic.
Public Service
Lim Boon Keng dedicated his life to public service, juggling between his role as legislator and promoter of causes important to him. He was particularly conscious of his Chinese identity and this manifested itself in his championing of the learning of the Chinese language and Chinese modernization. In 1895, Lim was appointed a member of the Straits Settlements Legislative Council at the tender age of 26. He was reappointed to the Council in 1898, 1901, 1915 and 1918 and made Justice of the Peace in 1897. In 1901, when the Chinese Company of the Singapore Volunteer Infantry was established, Lim enlisted as a private. He served for 4 years.
Lim campaigned tirelessly for educational reforms and led the fight against opium smoking. Together with Dr SC Yin, Lim founded the Anti-Opium Society in 1906 and opened an opium refuge centre offering free treatment for opium addicts. He was concerned about the social condition of the Chinese and crusaded against archaic practices such as the wearing of the queue or ‘pigtail’. He also initiated a movement against gambling.

In 1897, he founded the Chinese Philomathic Society, a Baba association devoted to the study of English literature, Western music and the Chinese language. Three years later, he co-founded the Straits Chinese British Association to promote interest in the British Empire and loyalty to the Queen.With his friend Song Ong Siang, Lim founded the Singapore Chinese Girls’ School, the first English school for Chinese girls. In 1905, he and Tan Jiak Kim raised funds to establish the Straits and Federated States Medical College (later renamed King Edward VII College of Medicine). Lim lectured in pharmacology and therapeutics at the school from 1907 to 1910. He also became President of Amoy University in 1921, and held that post till 1937.
Lim was an accomplished linguist, speaking English, Hokkien, Malay, Japanese, French, German, Latin, Greek, Mandarin, Cantonese and Teochew. In 1898, he started weekly Mandarin classes for Straits Chinese, held on Sundays, at his home. He also visited Java in 1906 and opened five schools for the teaching of Mandarin.
Between 1894 and 1919, Lim spearheaded the Confucian revival in Malaya, actively promoted Confucian ethics through speeches and his writings in the Straits Chinese Magazine. His concern with modernization in China also saw him assume the leadership of the anti-Manchu Tongmeng Hui or Revolutionary League (founded 1906) and in 1913, he became president of the Singapore branch of the Kuomintang.
Commercial Activities
Lim Boon Keng was also a pioneering entrepreneur. In 1896, he encouraged his friend Tan Chay Yan to start rubber planning in Malacca, and two years later, they teamed up with Lee Choon Guan and others to form the Sembawang Rubber Plantations Limited.
In September 1912, together with Lim Peng Siang, Lee Choon Guan and others, Lim established The Chinese Commercial Bank Ltd, and became its Vice-Chairman. Seven years later, he teamed up with Tan Ean Kiam, Lim Nee Soon, Khoo Kok Wah, he founded The Oversea-Chinese Bank Ltd. Lim was also involved in tin, shipping and other businesses and was a key founder of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce in 1906.
Last Years 1937-1957
Lim Boon Keng returned to Singapore in 1937 after resigning from Amoy University. Back in Singapore, Lim founded and chaired the Straits Chinese China Relief Fund Committee of Singapore, to support China in her war efforts against the Japanese. In late February 1942, when the Japanese invaded Singapore, they appointed Lim as president of the Overseas Chinese Association, which was assigned to raise a $50 million ‘gift’ for the Japanese. The Japanese also appointed Lim Chinese consul general in Singapore and Chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
Lim pretended to support the Japanese Military Administration but actually resorted to passive resistance. He hardly took part in the activities of the Overseas Chinese Association, and was drunk or pretended to be drunk most of the time. After the war, he was exonerated from all blame by the British authorities.
Lim Boon Keng died on 1 January 1957. He was survived by his second wife, Grace Yin Pek Ha. His first marriage had been to Margaret Wong Tuan Keng, daughter of Wong Nai Siong and they had four sons: Robert, Francis, Walter and John. His second marriage produced two children: daughter Ena and son Peng Han. Another extra-marital liaison produced Lim Peng Thiam who also became a doctor.

Flyer: Exhibition- Lim Boon Keng- A Life to Remember. 1869-1957