via The Straits Times, 22 October 2018: A new exhibition focusing on Singapore’s pre-colonial history from the 17th century (try to wrap your head around that!) will open next year at the National Museum of Singapore. Unfortunately, the linked article is behind a paywall.
“The National Museum of Singapore will roll out a key exhibition showcasing the country’s rich historical heritage to commemorate the bicentennial next year.
The exhibition – tentatively titled “An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600-1819″ – will be staged at the museum’s Stamford Road location in the second half of next year.
Among other things, it aims to shed light on how Singapore was already well connected to the region and world prior to the arrival of the British East India Company.
The National Museum said the exhibition seeks to expand on Singapore’s history by looking at a longer narrative starting from the 1600s, as well as a broader geographical region – the East Indies, of which Singapore was a part.
The East Indies comprises the Malay Peninsula and Indonesian Archipelago, the centre of the spice trade that was highly sought after in Europe. This resulted in the establishment of the East India Company in 1600 and the Dutch Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie in 1602.”
Source: Singapore’s rich pre-colonial history to be showcased, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times
The UrbanWire, 22 April 2017 The National Museum of Singapore experiments with augmented reality exhibits.
Using Google’s latest augmented reality (AR) technology, the National Museum of Singapore’s new addition, the Tango-enabled Architectural Tour, brings the legacy and history of the building to life.
Using indoor mapping, virtual reality and AR technology, visitors will be able to explore how the building has evolved over the past 130 years and virtually view artefacts that were once on display in the museum.
Source: Augmented Reality Gets Real at National Museum – The UrbanWire
In conjunction with the exhibition Singapore: 700 years, the National Museum of Singapore is holding a number of archaeology tours, talks and programmes in the coming months. Readers in Singapore may be keen to sign up for some of them.
Archaeology programmes at the National Museum of Singapore
Check out the upcoming events here.
Readers in Singapore may be interested in this upcoming talk at the National Museum of Singapore.
Digging the Urban Landscape: Complexities of Interpreting and Presenting Archaeology in London and Singapore
Frank Meddens and Lim Chen Sian
Date and Time: 26 November 2014, 7pm
Venue: The Salon, National Museum of Singapore
A new exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore highlights 700 years of Singapore history, including displays on Singapore archaeology and pre-colonial Singapore.
New exhibition to explore 700 years of Singapore’s history
Channel NewsAsia, 27 October 2014
Readers in Singapore may be interested in this talk on Angkor and Borobudur at the National Museum of Singapore.
ICOMOS Singapore Public Lecture:
Heritage Preservation of World Monuments and Archaeological Sites: Two Case Studies from Angkor and Borobudur
Professor Dr. Ichita Shimoda
Date: 12th July 2012
Venue: National Museum of Singapore Seminar Room, 93 Stamford Road Singapore 178897
ICOMOS Singapore is pleased to invite all to our inaugural event and public lecture on 12th July 2014, Heritage Preservation of World Monuments and Archaeological Sites: Two Case Studies from Angkor and Borobudur by our special guest speaker, Professor Dr. Ichita Shimoda who is intimately involved in the conservation works of these two World Heritage Sites.
If you’re still interesting in attending the Introduction to Singapore lectures starting this Saturday, senior curator Cheryl-Ann Low sent me some extra info for the first session that she’ll be presenting. I made a little mistake by saying that the lecture will focus on archaeological data, but it’s actually more than that, including literary sources like the Desawarnana (Negarakrtagama) and Wang Dayuan’s memoirs.
Here’s the blurb for Saturday’s lecture:
The 14th century history of Singapore can be derived from various sources such as archaeological findings, accounts of people who witnessed Singapore centuries ago, records of neighbouring courts, and the Malay Annals (otherwise known as the Sejarah Melayu and Sulalatâ€™ul Salatina).
Anyone interested in the (pre)history of Singapore might be interested in this series of lectures to be held at the National Museum of Singapore. The first lecture held on April 5 entitled Understanding Temasek – Myth and history of 14th century Singapore should deal with a lot of the archaeological data available.
(click on the image to download the brochure)
If you’re in Singapore between now and March 2008, don’t miss a unique opportunity to drop by the Asian Civilisations Museum for a special exhibition called On the Nalanda Trail, which showcases Buddhism in India, China and Southeast Asia and traces the pilgrimages of three Chinese monks as they travel to India and back. I’ve written about the exhibition’s focus on China and India at yesterday.sg; here, I’ll write about the exhibition in relation to Buddhism in Southeast Asia.
In conjunction with this year’s International Museum Day, the National Heritage Board of Singapore have launched SGCool, an online repository of the collections stored in the National Museum of Singapore, the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Singapore Art Museum.
Digitising museums’ collections is a great step forward in making the material cultures featured in the museums more accessible to the public. For now, the collections in SGCool are divided into categories like “bronze, “photographs” and “gold”. Clicking on any artefact gives you a close-up picture, along with their provenance.
However, I was disappointed that I didn’t actually learn anything from the artefacts I was looking at. I was quite horrified to see bronze Dong Son drums labelled as “Drums. 180-100 BCE. North Vietnam.”. Besides the name of the item, the approximate age and its provenance, there was nothing else to tell me about the exhibits, such as their context and their uses, or even the cultures that made. If there’s one thing that SGCool has to improve on, it’s to provide more details about the exhibits in their collections. One good example of an online museum collection with great accompanying information is the Compass collection at the British Museum.
Like my archaeology lecturers used to tell me: objects without contexts are useless!