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End of World War II Remembrance Ceremony

On Saturday, 12 September 2015, The Changi Museum (our associate company) organised a remembrance ceremony to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II. As former major combatants in the Pacific Theatre of WWII come together for this Singaporean ceremony, a small but crucial step towards international reconciliation and peace was achieved at Kranji War Cemetery.

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SG50 S1 School Cluster Heritage Training Programme

In line with Singapore's 50th Anniversary celebrations, primary and secondary schools from the S1 cluster have collaborated and created heritage tours led by student docents. We are proud to announce that Singapore History Consultants (SHC) was appointed to create a special docent training program, aimed to enrich these students.

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View From the Hill 2015

A discussion amongst educators leading up to a book exploring the various subjects on Fort Canning Hill. Co-hosted by Singapore History Consultants (SHC) and English Language Institute of Singapore (ELiS).

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Travel &Tourism Hackathon 2014

Singapore Tourism Board (STB) organised the Travel & Tourism Hackathon (t&t Hackathon), lasting over the weekend from 28 to 29 November 2014. The event in which Battlebox participated in, saw about 20 prototypes of digital solutions to enhance storytelling and experience creation. The event drew close to 100 individuals and representatives from top creative, technology and digital agencies. As an industry partner exploring innovative digital solutions to enhance our offerings, the Battlebox managed by SHC was put up as one of the challenges for participants to compete in solving the real-life challenges that were posed to them. The concept that took home the winning prize for the Battlebox challenge was ‘Pictoguide’, an application designed to allow visitors to take pictures of themselves with the exhibits within the museum and have these pictures compiled in a pictorial guidebook. ‘Pictoguide’ was developed by a duo from ‘Go Places!’.

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WWI Exhibition

To mark the centenary of the First World War’s outbreak in 1914, Singapore History Consultants' associate company, The Changi Museum and the Belgian Embassy together launched The Great War in Broad Outlines travelling exhibition on 25 Sep 2014 at the Museum. The Museum is the first stop on an international circuit that includes Hungary, Canada, the United States, Japan and Australia. The official ceremony to mark the launch featured speeches by the Director of The Changi Museum, Mr Jeya Ayadurai and the Belgian Ambassador to Singapore and Brunei, HE Mr Gerard Cockx. After the ceremony, the guests were invited to view the exhibition. Comprising 30 information panels created by the Belgian National Institute for Veterans and Victims of War, the exhibition covers the war in Europe, the battles in Belgium, the battles in German colonies, people’s lives during the war and the changes brought about by the war. The exhibition will be hosted at the museum until 15 Nov 2014.

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WWI Remembrance Ceremony & Symposium - a jointly organised event

SHC, The Changi Museum, Singapore Cricket Club and NUS History Department jointly organised a remembrance ceremony and symposium marking the centennial of the British declaration of war, held at the Cenotaph and Singapore Cricket Club respectively. On 4 Aug 2014, guests gathered at the Cenotaph to remember the brave souls lost during World War I, accompanied by commemorative readings, bagpipes and bugles playing, and the laying of wreaths. This was followed by a symposium at the Cricket Club, where invitees heard four guest speakers expound on the First World War, and its impact on Asia and Singapore, and also on artistic expressions. Guests were invited to discuss and question these ideas during the symposium. Approximately 100 guests were present, including representatives from four Commonwealth High Commissions, and this led to a fulfilling day of debate and reflection on the Great War and its impact.

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Commemoration Ceremony for Lim Bo Seng and Force 136

Our associate company, The Changi Museum, organised a Commemoration Ceremony for Lim Bo Seng and Force 136 at Kranji War Cemetery on 29 June 2014. The day was Lim’s 70th death anniversary and his son, Dr Lim Whye Geok, was the Guest of Honour at the ceremony. Other family members were also present, such as Mrs Leow Oon Geok (Lim’s daughter) and Mr Lim Teck Yin (Lim’s grandson), CEO of Sport Singapore and a former SAF Brigadier General. It was a warm yet poignant morning as Dr Lim shared family vignettes of his father while the Director of The Changi Museum, Mr Jeya Ayadurai, talked about the role of Force 136 in the Second World War. Over a hundred people attended the ceremony which was also covered by the media.

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'Re-living Haw Par Villa' - a Tourism50 national event

SHC developed a guided tour of Haw Par Villa called ‘Cultured Leopard, Rising Tiger: Finding Your Tao at Haw Par Villa’ for Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) recent ‘Reliving Haw Par Villa’ segment of the ‘Tourism50’ celebrations. Held over two weekends (15, 16, 22 and 23 March), the event also featured a public talk, exhibition storyboards and an information booklet, all curated and developed by SHC. Some 12,000 visitors descended on Haw Par Villa over the four days, with over 2,500 joining the guided tours and more than 900 attending the public talks. Even heavy rain on the first weekend did not dampen the enthusiasm of the public, who still turned up in droves. It was simply aw(e)some to see thousands interested in the Aw family and its enduring icon, Haw Par Villa.

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 Launch of War & Peace: The Kranji Experience™

The fourth Resilience Trail, War & Peace: The Kranji Experience™, was launched at Kranji War Cemetery on 7 February 2013. Students and teachers from 21 schools went on the trail and gathered later at the Cemetery to participate in the launch officiated by the Guest of Honour, Mr Sam Tan, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and Culture, Community and Youth. The launch took the form of a Remembrance Ceremony honouring our war heroes, and despite the rain, the participants paid a fitting tribute to them during the Ceremony. The trail covers actual World War II battlegrounds in the Kranji area, and sites that show contemporary Singapore’s response to the challenges it faces in food and water supply, and meeting the non-material needs of its people.

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Launch of Changi Crossroads:  A Trek Through Time™

The third of five Resilience Trails, Changi Crossroads: A Trek Through Time™, was launched on 28 August 2012 at The Changi Museum. The Guest of Honour was Ms Sim Ann, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Law, and the trail was undertaken by students and teachers of MacPherson Secondary School. The trail covers the Changi area and shows its historical transformation from quiet fishing village; to military base and a huge prisoner of war (POW) internment camp during World War II and the Japanese Occupation; and to the successful airport and aviation hub of today. Along the Trail, participants will also experience the natural beauty of the area.

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Launch of Resilience Trails

Created by Singapore History Consultants, the World War II Trail and Resilience Trails were commissioned by the National Heritage Board and the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA). They were launched on 14 February 2012 by MICA’s Minister, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. The World War II (WWII) Trail features 20 WWII historical markers presenting information and archival images related to the war, while the Resilience Trails (based on the main WWII Trail) consists of different modules revealing Singapore’s history and showcasing how our forefathers together built this nation despite the odds.

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Academic Conference on the Causes and Impact of the Fall of Singapore

The Academic Conference on the Causes and Impact of the Fall of Singapore, organised by the National Archives of Singapore and Singapore History Consultants, brought together historians, students, veterans and history enthusiasts to understand, reflect on and remember the Fall of Singapore. It was held on 16 February 2012.

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Remembrance Ceremony for the 70th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore

The National Archives of Singapore and our associate company, The Changi Museum, jointly organised an international remembrance ceremony at Kranji War Ceremony on 15 February 2012, the 70th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. The ceremony honoured the memories of those men and women who had given their lives in the defence of Malaya and Singapore in the Second World War, and reflected on the contributions of those still safeguarding our security. The ceremony was officiated by the Speaker of Singapore’s Parliament, Mr Michael Palmer.

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Veteran's Appreciation Dinner

Our associate company, The Changi Museum, hosted a Special Commemoration Dinner on 12 February 2012 to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore. The dinner recognised and honoured the contributions of those who had fought in the defence of Malaya and Singapore and were subsequently incarcerated here as prisoners of war (POWs), and also those who became civilian internees. Guests included a number of veterans, former civilian internees and their families, distinguished academics and the diplomatic community.

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