Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies

Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 in NAS Exhibitions | No Comments

Surviving the Japanese Occupation: War and its Legacies is a permanent World War Two exhibition presented by the National Archives of Singapore at the historic Former Ford Factory. This was the place where the British forces surrendered unconditionally to the Imperial Japanese Army on 15 February 1942. The exhibition presents the events and memories surrounding the […]

A Foreign Policy Outlined: S Rajaratnam Speaks at Singapore’s Admission to the U.N.

A Foreign Policy Outlined: S Rajaratnam Speaks at Singapore’s Admission to the U.N.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 in On the Record | No Comments

This legendary speech, given by S Rajaratnam to the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly in 21 September 1965 on the occasion of Singapore’s admission into the U.N., was recently cited by Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, as a classic outlining the enduring principles of Singapore’s foreign policy.

Guide to Transcribing Straits Settlements Records

Guide to Transcribing Straits Settlements Records

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 in Special Project - Citizen Archivist | No Comments

Keen to try your hand at transcribing cursive, handwritten records but daunted by inky loops spanning the entire page? Fear not, a batch of NAS interns (Abigail Chew, Angeline Lee and Sandy Wang) have crafted a guide to transcribing the Straits Settlements Records.

PM’s New Year Message, 1982

PM’s New Year Message, 1982

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 in On the Record | No Comments

On the eve of New Year’s Day, 1982, Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew gave this solemn speech to the nation. Singapore  faced serious challenges arising from a turbulent global economy which was in a major recession. In this speech titled “Difficult Times Ahead” PM Lee minced no words despite the New Year festivities

Behind-the-Scenes With Abigail Huang Reference Archivist!

Behind-the-Scenes With Abigail Huang Reference Archivist!

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 in Behind the scenes | No Comments

We are happy to launch our first interview with the staff of NAS. Join us behind the scenes as we chat with Abigail Huang, our reference archivist who is no stranger to those who write in or call in or visit us at the Archives Reading Room.

Dr Goh Keng Swee’s Insights on Golfing

Dr Goh Keng Swee’s Insights on Golfing

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in People & Personalities | No Comments

In this extract from a humorous & insightful speech he gave at the opening of the Tanah Merah Golf Club in 1984, Dr Goh Keng Swee, our former Deputy Prime Minister and first cabinet member, shared with guests why, in his view, many take to the game of golf

Law of the Land: Constitutional Documents

Law of the Land: Constitutional Documents

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in NAS Exhibitions | No Comments

Law of the Land: Highlights of Singapore’s Constitutional Documents is an exhibition on Singapore’s constitutional history – from its founding in 1819 to independence in 1965 – organised by the National Archives of Singapore  and  National Library Board, and  hosted at the National Gallery Singapore.

S. Rajaratnam on Singapore’s State Symbols

S. Rajaratnam on Singapore’s State Symbols

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 in People & Personalities | No Comments

One of the Singapore government’s first aims after attaining full internal self-government from the British  in 1959, was to cultivate a common identity. Our state symbols which were unveiled in 1959 became an important way to rally Singaporeans from different backgrounds and communities to a common purpose.

The National Day Parade Through the Years, 1966-2012

The National Day Parade Through the Years, 1966-2012

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 in Events | No Comments

We look at how the National Day parade evolved over the years through the archives of our the Ministry of Communication and Information’s Photography Unit. This selection of images was curated by Ms Janelle Chua, our Outreach manager !

Mapping Singapore: 1819–2014

Mapping Singapore: 1819–2014

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in Collections | No Comments

This fascinating essay detailing the history of mapping in Singapore between 1819 and 2014 was written by Mr Mok Ly Yng,  a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, one of Singapore’s leading map consultants and a regular visitor at the National Archives.