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Talk: Shopping in Ancient Singapore (3 Dec 2011)
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What the Archaeology of Victoria Concert Hall & Victoria Theatre Tells Us


a talk by Lim Chen Sian

venue: Possibility Room, Level 5, National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street
date | time: Saturday, 3 December, 3.00 – 5.00 pm
admission: Free and open to the public
enquiries: Wendy Chua (


Singapore prides itself as a Mecca for shopping, and tourists from all over Southeast Asia fly in for the weekend to indulge in retail therapy. As a port settlement, Singapore is not primarily a production centre but rather a centre of procurement – importing and exporting produce and goods from the region and beyond. Over the years, the island has expanded its ability to effectively procure, if not monopolize, merchandize,redistribute, and retail these produce and goods. So how was shopping like in the past? What did people buy? What was considered trendy and at the height of fashion?


The Singapore Heritage Society recently partnered with archaeologists from the National University of Singapore to conduct a salvage excavation project at the Victoria Concert Hall and Victoria Theatre, where significant varieties of artifacts were recovered from the dig. What can archaeology tell us about the material culture of the past? Join us for an afternoon of “shopping” in ancient Singapore.


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