THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGING MINDSETS
The Singaporean psyche has been conditioned to think pragmatically about our attachments to the past. There is a critical need for a better decision-making process in urban planning. We need your support in order to channel concerns in a cohesive and timely manner and make representations and recommendations for processes before development plans are finalised.
WHAT WE DO
Founded in 1987 as a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, SHS is an independent voice for heritage conservation in Singapore. Our work is guided by our definition of heritage as ‘the living presence of the past’. Singapore’s history is a vital part of our identity and growth. Social bonds are strengthened when we understand and cherish the social memories of past and present generations in the spaces we protect. These beliefs drive our key efforts in research, public education and advocacy.
Our work includes:
• rediscovering forgotten histories, from Bukit Brown, a potential World Heritage Site to Tanjong Malang, a 200-year-old historic landscape off Shenton Way;
• sustaining living heritage, exemplified by Pulau Ubin, Singapore’s last offshore island community;
• promoting cultural authenticity and vibrancy, such as with Chinatown, a historic district facing modern challenges.
We reach out to the public through our publications, talks, exhibitions, guided walks, and an active presence on social media. Our research and education helps us to make a compelling case for heritage preservation to policy makers. Our approach is inclusive, and we advocate working with communities for whom the redevelopment of spaces threatens a way of life and community bonds.
Give a future to our past… before it is too late
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Your contributions enable our advocacy work. SHS is an Institution of Public Character (IPC) and Singapore tax residents are entitled to 250% tax deduction. Find out more here.
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