Rare maps, books, illustrations and manuscripts which capture the earliest records of Singapore will be on display in a new exhibition starting on 28 September this bicentennial year. More than 100 materials from the National Library and National Archives of Singapore, and over 50 materials from overseas institutions will be showcased – many on public display for the first time. They trace the history of Singapore from as early as the 17th century to 1867, when the Straits Settlements was made a British Crown Colony with Singapore as its capital.
The exhibition is titled On Paper: Singapore before 1867, and is jointly organised by the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore. It will run for six months from 28 September 2019 till 22 March 2020, at the Level 10 Gallery, National Library Building. Exhibition highlights include:
Refer to Annex A for a list of exhibition highlights.
On Paper: Singapore Before 1867 comprises four sections:
Through this exhibition, the National Library and National Archives of Singapore hope to encourage research and deepen public understanding of Singapore’s history
Monthly guided tours of the exhibition by curators, as well as a children’s workshop by students from Singapore Polytechnic will accompany the exhibition. Members of the public can sign up for these activities via the GoLibrary portal (www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary). Admission is free. Refer to Annex B for more information on the exhibition programmes.
On Paper: Singapore Before 1867 – the exhibition’s accompanying publication – features articles on selected materials from the exhibition and the history of early Singapore. Contributors to the publication include librarians, archivists and subject experts. The book will be launched with the official opening of the exhibition, on 27 September. It will also be available via BookSG (go.gov.sg/onpaperbook).
Roving display – An Island By Any Other Name
A roving exhibition of a smaller scale which explores old names of Singapore on early maps is also available at eight public libraries. The schedule of the roving exhibition is listed below.
Display at NL Building lobby – Curiocity: Raffles Place
The lobby display at Level 1 of the National Library Building traces the evolution and memories of Raffles Place through photographs, books, building plans archival footage and oral histories. It also features the National Library’s new digital project, Curiocity (https://curiocity.nlb.gov.sg), which is an online portal with curated digital resources on various historical locations in Singapore. It will run till March 2020.
The National Library Board (NLB) nurtures Readers for Life, Learning Communities and a Knowledgeable Nation by promoting reading, learning and history through its network of 26 public libraries, the National Library and the National Archives of Singapore. NLB also forges strategic partnerships that encourage awareness, appreciation and greater discovery of Singapore’s history through its rich collections on Singapore and the region.
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