Research & Consultancy

SHC’s reservoir of knowledge in general and local history, with specialised capabilities in heritage tourism, education and military battlefield studies, places us in a privileged position as consultants. Over the years, our reputation and credibility has earned the respect of various national agencies and private organisations, which have engaged us as consultants in projects related to heritage conservation and historical research.

In the course of these projects, our work has taken us to all kinds of strange and wonderful places. We have been commissioned to name new roads on Pulau Ubin, discovered secret tunnels at Labrador Park, developed heritage markers that line various ethnic districts of Singapore, acted as consultants for local and international TV programmes, and more.

Our expertise includes:

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Heritage conservation

Being a part of heritage conservation efforts has always been a source of pride for SHC. Motivated by our passionate belief in protecting Singapore’s fascinating built and living heritage, SHC has had considerable experience in conducting survey studies of existing historic sites, and delivering concept papers outlining proposals for their conservation, preservation and development into viable heritage and tourism assets.

In 1997, SHC was part of a consortium engaged by the Singapore Tourism Board to look into the enhancement of Chinatown as a heritage district. SHC’s research eventually resulted in the conservation and presentation of Chinatown’s history at the Chinatown Heritage Centre, which features a rich and comprehensive look at the lives of early Chinese immigrants in Singapore.

Selected Projects:

  1. Chinatown Enhancement Project
  2. Rustic Charm Tourism
  3. Singapore River Heritage Markers

Exhibit development

For a research team, there are few things more exciting than seeing the fruits of your labour exhibited. Over the years, SHC has been involved in developing and/or conducting research for heritage markers, permanent exhibitions and information panels that have considerably enriched the cultural landscape of Singapore.

In 2010, SHC was commissioned by the National Parks Board as history consultants for the landmark Gardens by the Bay project. Image and content research was conducted for several heritage-themed gardens.

Selected Projects:

  1. The Changi Museum Revamp
  2. The Pinnacle@Duxton: Heritage garden and Sky Park gallery
  3. Gardens by the Bay: Heritage gardens

Military history

SHC is a market leader in providing research and consultancy services for issues in military history. Be it academic research, specialised lectures, battlefield tours and terrain studies, remembrance tours, programmes for national education, or commemoration events, we do it all.

One of the most massive projects for SHC was the Historical Study of Labrador Park, which stretched from 1998 to 2002. In the course of this groundbreaking project, SHC was responsible for rediscovering two tunnels that had remained unknown to local authorities since the Second World War, authenticating a 19th century Quick-Fire 6 inch gun that was eventually restored and installed at Labrador Park, and scripting heritage markers for two trails that can be found at Labrador Park today. The preservation and development of Labrador Park remains one of the proudest achievements of the firm.

Selected Projects:

  1. ‘Hey Singapore’ Series – Military Consultant
  2. Historical Study of Labrador Park (Phases I & II)
  3. World War II Brochures
  4. Katong Park Heritage Markers

Tour design and implementation

Through comprehensive site surveys and in-depth research, SHC has become known for creating bespoke tour programmes that are extensively informative and thoroughly enjoyable. Apart from our in-house tour programmes, SHC has been repeatedly engaged to conceptualise and design new tours for organisations such as the Singapore Tourism Board and the National Heritage Board.

Selected Projects:

  1. Heritage Trails and History Quiz for the inaugural National Heritage Festival
  2. ‘Fun on Foot’ treasure hunt for the Singapore HeritageFest 2004
  3. Expedition ‘H’ Tours for the Singapore HeritageFest
  4. Tours for the Singapore Tourism Board
    • Spirit of New Asia Tour
    • Heartlands of New Asia
    • Back Alley Tales
  5. Northeast Heritage Trail
  6. Art in the City self-guided walks

Training programmes

Due to the success of SHC’s in-house tours, we have been approached to conduct numerous training programmes to share our expertise in the field. These programmes include workshops on history and heritage for professional tour guides, corporate orientations, and even students who had been nominated as Singapore’s Young Tourism Ambassadors.

Selected Projects:

  1. Training of STB Guides for National Heritage Trails
  2. Design and conduct of New Asia – Singapore – Live it Up!
  3. Training of Young Tourism Ambassadors