National Archives of Singapore    


As the official custodian of Singapore's collective memory, we offer a wealth of information to anyone who is interested in the history and heritage of Singapore.

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Mon - Sun: 10:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Staffed Service Hours: Mon – Fri: 10:00 AM – 06:30 PM. Staff service not available on Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays and substituted Public Holidays Opening Hours: Mondays - Sundays: 10am – 9pm. Closed on Public Holidays

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School Bells and Hallways: Memories of Former School Buildings

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Cityscapes of Yesteryear: Screening and Music Performance

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School Bells and Hallways: Memories of Former School Buildings

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Archives Invites: Telling a Tale about Hainanese Rod Puppetry

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School Bells and Hallways: Memories of Former School Buildings

27 August 2022
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Traditional Puppetry Performance by San Chun Long

27 August 2022
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Tour

School Bells and Hallways: Memories of Former School Buildings

19 August 2022
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Experience

Cityscapes of Yesteryear: Screening and Music Performance

20 August 2022
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Tour

School Bells and Hallways: Memories of Former School Buildings

20 August 2022
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Experience

Cityscapes of Yesteryear: Screening and Music Performance

26 August 2022
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Tour

School Bells and Hallways: Memories of Former School Buildings

26 August 2022
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Talk

Archives Invites: Telling a Tale about Hainanese Rod Puppetry

27 August 2022
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Tour

School Bells and Hallways: Memories of Former School Buildings

27 August 2022
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Experience

Traditional Puppetry Performance by San Chun Long

27 August 2022

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Our Roles

Custodian of Singapore’s Memories

If you want to see maps of Singapore from the early 19th century or listen to an audio recording of someone who experienced life in Singapore during World War 2, you should pay a visit to the National Archives of Singapore (NAS).

NAS is the official custodian of Singapore’s collective memory and it is where you can find the most comprehensive collection of Singapore’s archival records. Some of these, date back to the early 19th century and include government files, private memoirs, historical maps, photographs, oral history interviews and audio-visual materials.



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Our History

Former ACS and the Former Ford Factory buildings

 

The NAS was officially set up in 1968, and some of its collection comprised colonial historical records that had already been collected and preserved by Singapore's Archivist, Mr Tan Soo Chye, since 1938.

Our 2 locations are also historically interesting. Our current address at Canning Rise used to be the site of the former Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) and the conserved administrative block of the school where we are located boasts a unique Art Decor design. In 2005, we acquired the Former Ford Factory site - where the British surrendered to the Japanese during World War II.

 

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Partnerships

International Council of Archives (ICA)

 

The International Council of Archives is the professional organisation for the world archival community, dedicated to promoting the preservation, development, and use of the world's archival heritage. It brings together national archive administrations, professional associations of archivists, regional and local archives of other organisations as well as individual archivists, from more than 180 countries and territories. The National Archives of Singapore has benefited from the conferences organised by ICA where staff can share ideas and exchange expertise with other countries.

 

Southeast Asian Regional Branch International Council on Archives (SARBICA)

 

The National Archives of Singapore is a member of the Southeast Asian Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives, established during the Inaugural Conference of SARBICA in Kuala Lumpur on 9 July 1968. It has the distinction to be the first regional branch of ICA and is responsible for carrying out the policy and programmes of ICA in this region. At present, SARBICA comprises the National Archives institutions of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore.

 

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Contact Us

Our archivists have the expertise to ensure that you can efficiently find what you are looking for. Get in touch with us at nas@nlb.gov.sg, or check out our other Archival Research Services.



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Reference Enquiries on NAS Collection

If you are unsure if we have the materials you need, please feel free to drop us an email at nas@nlb.gov.sg or enquiry to check with our archivists.



Request to View Archival Records

If you already know the materials you wish to access, please submit a request to view them through our Archives Online portal and our officers will follow up accordingly. Please note that for some records extra checks and authorisations may be required. Available through Archives Online Platform.



Reproductions of Archival Records

If you already know the materials you wish to reproduce, please submit a request to do so through our Archives Online portal and our officers will follow up accordingly. Please note that there may be applicable administrative fees and some materials may need further checks and authorisations. Available through Archives Online.



Search for Old Marriage Records

Please note that NAS only supports the search for civil marriages registered on or before 15 Sep 1961. There will also be an administrative fee for performing the search whether or not a record is successful.



Search for Old School Records

Please note that NAS only supports the search for records that were transferred to NAS by MOE -pre-1982. Due to PDPA restrictions, you may only request for a search of your own records. There will  be an administrative fee for performing the search whether or not the search is successful.



Archives Reading Room Booking

To book for the limited seats at our Reading Room, please plan ahead and book your time slot before visiting us.



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