Our SG Heritage Plan involves all levels of the government and different facets of our community. It is co-developed with the National Heritage Board’s (NHB) key stakeholders from the public, private and people sectors.
Throughout the whole of last year, NHB organised a total of 31 engagement sessions and invited more than 730 stakeholders from heritage non-governmental organisations, museum and heritage experts, museum docents, academics, teachers, students and other government agencies.
At these engagement sessions, our stakeholders shared their aspirations for the heritage sector, discussed the broad strategies under Our SG Heritage Plan, and contributed suggestions on the possible initiatives under each of these strategies.
We would like to thank all our stakeholders for their participation and their contributions, and we would now share their suggestions which we collated from those sessions.
“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.
“I feel very gratified that this event caters to special-needs children as it shows that there is recognition for children of all types.” – Ms Lim Hwee Hwee, whose son Lim Jun Le attended the GosTan Back programme for special needs children at the National Museum of Singapore
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.