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  • HistoriaSG Public Lecture Series 2017: Lecture III (People in Peril, Environments at Risk: The History of Tigers in Singapore)

    Two Men

    In this talk, Dr Miles Powell discusses the horrors of tiger attacks in colonial Singapore, and how the island's various settler communities responded by hunting and ultimately exterminating Singapore's tiger population.

  • HistoriaSG Public Lecture Series 2017: Lecture IV (Retracing the Spice Road: How Southeast Asia Shaped Europe’s Tastes)

    Two Men

    In this talk, Dr Hallam Stevens explores the role of spices, in particular Southeast Asian spices, in transforming the European diet and the wider effects of these new foods on European culture.

  • HistoriaSG Public Lecture Series 2017: Lecture V (Religions in Singapore: A Historical Overview)

    Two Men

    Singapore’s present-day multi-religious environment has two hundred years of history behind it. Each of the various religious traditions in the city-state has its own story and its own place in Singapore’s historical narrative. This talk will give an overview of history of religion in Singapore, looking at the five largest groups – Islam, Buddhism, Daoism, Hinduism and Christianity – and the major landmarks in their growth here. Of particular interest is how several of the traditions have grown and expanded beyond the particular ethnic groups that first introduced them to Singapore.

  • HistoriaSG Public Lecture Series 2017: Lecture VI (Owning History? Memory and the Fall of Singapore during World War Two)

    Two Men

    The study of history was never monopolised by historians. The state, society, an array of groups and organisations, families and individuals have all “looked back” and remembered the past. From being a rather belittled source for the study of history, “memory” has since become a major subject of historical enquiry. But the notion remains elusive, complicated by several overlapping formulations – collective memory, social memory, public memory, historical memory, and cultural memory. How do we “remember”? What does this say about how we study history, and who “owns” it?

  • HistoriaSG Public Lecture Series 2017: Lecture VII (Building Memories: People, Architecture, Independence)

    Two Men

    From 1955 to the mid-1970s, Singapore underwent a significant phase in physical development. Not only were infrastructure works such as housing and downtown improvements started, several public buildings of national importance were also planned and constructed. These include the National Library (1960), the National Theatre (1963), the Singapore Conference Hall and Trade Union House (1965), and the National Stadium (1973). These public structures enabled the advancement of the population beyond the concerns for just bread and butter issues to embrace modern times and practices. They also served as physical interfaces for Singaporeans to understand and interact with peoples from the region and the world at large. This talk discusses the contexts of the four buildings as well as the architecture for a new era.

  • History+Archaeology: Archaeology in Singapore

    History+Archaeology: Archaeology in Singapore

    The archaeological project in 2015 at Empress place delved into 14th century Singapore. What was uncovered, and how can we better understand Singapore’s past from these discoveries? Join us as we find out from project archaeologists in this video.

  • History+Archaeology: Telling the Singapore Story

    History+Archaeology: Telling the Singapore Story

    What does archaeology tell us about our past, and how does it recreate the scene that history texts tell?Meet historian Iskander and archaeologist Chen Sian as they explain the importance of the past 30 years of archaeology in Singapore to our history and the museum.

  • Installation of Bukit Brown Cemetery Gates

    Bukit Brown Gates 3

    This short documentary captures the relocation of the four free-standing gate columns and the installation of the Bukit Brown Cemetery gates. It is the concluding video in a three-part series documenting the refurbishment of the gates.

  • Lecture on 'Art, Culture and Heritage in Singapore: Towards a Common Vision and Agenda'

    Throwing out the Rulebook: How museums can be in step with the future'

    With an increasing awareness and appreciation of arts and heritage in Singapore, having a holistic and common view is crucial. This lecture by Professor Tommy Koh aims to inspire thought and provoke discussions as Singapore moves towards her future as a renaissance city.

  • Lecture on 'Throwing Out the Rulebook - How Museums can be in Step with the Future'

    Art, Culture and Heritage in Singapore: Towards a Common Vision and Agenda (Prof Tommy Koh Lecture)

    Mr Wim Pijbes, General Director of the Rijksmuseum shared the thinking behind the museum’s transformation after its 10-year closure and how it has become a forward-looking museum, through the introduction of several bold and unconventional initiatives, which provided a new dimension on the way museums link individuals with art and history.

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