Our SG Heritage Plan involves all levels of the government, different facets of our community, and Singaporeans from all walks of life. Public input is at the heart of the plan.
The National Heritage Board organised over 30 focus group sessions and consulted more than 730 stakeholders from the public, private and people sectors. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the participants included heritage experts, members of non-governmental organisations, academics, practitioners, museum-goers, volunteers, educators, youths and students. The input we received was crucial in the formulation of our heritage strategies and helped us to identify our focus areas over the next few years.
Website & Roving Exhibition
After these focus group sessions, we sought views from the wider public. We set up a dedicated website oursgheritage.sg and launched an exhibition, which travelled around Singapore in early 2018. 34,000 people visited the exhibition and website, and more than 7,300 provided their views and feedback.
We would like to thank all our partners, stakeholders, agencies and members of the public who have helped to shape Our SG Heritage Plan.
“Intangible cultural heritage is very important for Singapore. In a small nation which is growing so fast, we need to stand straight and say this is what Singapore is all about. This is Singapore’s culture.”
– Ms Santha Bhaskar, Artistic Director & Chief Choreographer,
Bhaskar’s Arts Academy
Planning and Preservation
Our stakeholders unanimously agreed that heritage considerations must be taken into account when planning for Singapore’s development in areas such as housing and transport, and recommended that such considerations should be surfaced at an early stage. Conducting dialogues involving key stakeholders will help diverse views to be taken into account.
Intangible Cultural Heritage
They strongly supported documentation and research on different aspects of intangible cultural heritage, and suggested that a recognition scheme be established.
Community Engagement & Empowerment
To encourage Singaporeans to be even more actively interested in museum and heritage matters, our stakeholders proposed that we nurture more community partnerships and greater community ownership. Besides giving grants and funding support, other ways include introducing capability development programmes as well as co-creation platforms for interested members of the community.
Museums, Accessibility & Inclusivity
Museums should be safe spaces for learning, and that their collections, exhibitions and programmes should speak to people of different ages and backgrounds. Our stakeholders hoped that our museums and heritage programmes can remain accessible and cater to underserved communities such as the elderly and individuals with special needs.
Children should be interested in Singapore’s heritage from a young age. One way is by incorporating Singapore’s history and heritage into the school curriculum in fun and meaningful ways, said our stakeholders. They also proposed that our educators should be equipped with the necessary skills and resources to instil an interest in heritage amongst their students, and to develop educational programmes.
Technology can present museum and heritage information in new and interesting ways, and it can reach out to new audiences, especially youths, our stakeholders said. They requested that such information be consolidated in a one-stop online platform that is readily available to all Singaporeans.