Discover 50 years (and counting) worth of history

Thank goodness for the end of the stabilisation phase. Because we can now gather friends and families to eat out, attend concerts and visit museums like the National Museum of Singapore which is commemorating Singapore’s milestone of preserving historic buildings, sites and structures for 50 years.

From 13 November 2021 to 2 January 2022, at its Level 1 Longer Concourse space, check out the special exhibition, PSM50: Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Singapore’s Preservation Journey, established to trace the nation’s preservation journey.

At the PSM50 exhibition, there are six sections that cover different aspects of documenting, preserving, and celebrating our monuments, and showcase all 73 national monuments through commemorative objects, images, digital experiences, 3D printed models, newly commissioned artworks, as well as features a selection of PSM’s more memorable past projects.

Museum goers can first feast their eyes on a rare commemorative set of five silver wafers which were gazetted and preserved—Armenian Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator, Hajjah Fatimah Mosque, Sri Mariamman Temple, Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, and Thian Hock Keng—then on 3D stereographic photographs and drone aerial videos that highlight Singapore’s national monuments, and their unique architectural features.

For the more adventurous individuals, they can immerse themselves in a 360-degree illustration featuring monuments on Telok Ayer Street, as well as a virtual reality (VR) experience that allows visitors to explore the Former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. Other highlights also include artworks commissioned by three local artists Ashley Yeo, Matt Chiu, and Shirley Soh, who debut their innovative iterations of selected National Monuments which have been created using delicate paper cutting, 3D printing technology, and a combination of ceramics and embroidery.

Explaining the importance of the entire occasion, Tan Kok Hiang, Chairman of the PSM Advisory Board, said: “The Golden Jubilee of preserving Singapore’s monuments signifies how far we have come in the protection of our historical landmarks, and it is timely as we look ahead to protect even more monuments as well as sites of national significance, and continue to safeguard our shared heritage.”

More information here.

All photos courtesy of National Heritage Board.