Witness to War: Remembering 1942, organised in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the Battle for Singapore, is a major exhibition at the National Museum that ran from September 2017 to March 2018.
A year before the exhibition opened, the museum conducted public consultations to seek responses to questions such as “What would you like to see and experience at this exhibition?” and “What is one question you might have on World War II that you would like answered through this exhibition?”.
Over eight months, close to 120 members of the public participated in five consultation sessions. These participants included members of World War II interest groups, academics, writers, media professionals, heritage enthusiasts and youths from tertiary institutions. Many participants also suggested that the exhibition feature more narratives from survivors of the war.
The feedback and suggestions from these consultation sessions were incorporated in the curation of the exhibition, and the exhibition featured first-hand accounts from people who had witnessed the start of the Japanese Occupation in Singapore.