venue: The Armenian Church, Hill Street
date | time: Saturday, 28 May 2011, 3.00 – 5.00pm
equiries: firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy)
3.00 pm Guests to be seated
3.05 pm Speech by Dr Kevin YL Tan, President, SHS & Editor of Spaces for the Dead, 2011
3.20 pm Speech by Dr Liew Kai Khiun, convenor of Spaces for the Dead, 2001
3.30 pm Book launched. Tea and book signing
4.00 pm Interaction between SHS members & Exco followed by Q & A session
5.00 pm Event ends.
Seen primarily as final resting places, cemeteries are increasingly under threat from urban redevelopment in land-scarce Singapore. Regarded as ‘excess space’ by state planners, and as ‘taboo places’ by the local populace, the rich historical and cultural heritage of our cemeteries have remained largely unappreciated and hidden.
Today, there are about less than a dozen cemeteries left in Singapore. With the recent exhumation of major cemeteries like Bidadari Cemetery and Kong How Shua Cemetery, concerns have been raised about the status of cemeteries in Singapore.
Spaces of the Dead: A Case from the Living brings together various authors concerned with the need for conservation of cemeteries in Singapore. This book showcases cemeteries as spaces of historical, architectural and social merit through the writings and photo-journals of the authors. We hope it will serve as an initial step in generating greater interest in
and awareness of Singapore’s cemeteries.
Kevin Blackburn • Goh Si Guim • Ho Choon Hiong • Ho Hua Chew • Hui Yew Foong • Michael Kam • Lindy Kerr • Clement Liew • Liew Kai Khiun • Edmund Lim Wee Kiat • John Miksic • Elizabeth McKenzie • Sally Oh Poh Wah • Scottie Perry • Liesel Strauss • Kevin YL Tan • Tan Boon Hui • Wan Meng Hao • Johannes Widodo • Sue Williams • Brenda SA Yeoh
Read PDF Brochure of Spaces for the Dead Book Launch