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White Room, Level 3

The URA Centre

45 Maxwell Road

069118

Singapore

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This talk draws from a research project supported by the National Heritage Board to document one of Singapore’s little-explored pasts: its industrial heritage. Using historian Raphael Samuel’s memorable term ‘theatre of memory’, the talk views history as the work of ‘a thousand different hands’.

It takes this broad approach to consider three questions in Singapore’s industrialisation: who were the various actors involved, what are the rich, diverse memories of this monumental history, and what are the possible ways in which people can shape and participate in industrial heritage programming?

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Dr. Loh Kah Seng is a historian who works on the big and small narratives of Singapore’s past. He is the author of the award-nominated Squatters into Citizens: The 1961 Bukit Ho Swee Fire and the Making of Modern Singapore (2013) and principal investigator of the research project, Theatres of History and Memory: Industrial Heritage of 20th Century Singapore (2017-2018), supported by the National Heritage Board. He was previously a school teacher and continues to speak to students and the public about the joys and challenges of studying the past.

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White Room, Level 3

The URA Centre

45 Maxwell Road

069118

Singapore

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