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1,500 memories of S’pore on display at Jurong library

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MELODY ZACCHEUS on 21 Mar 2014

Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

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FORMER kampungs, popular entertainment venues and nostalgic dating spots are among 1,500 memories of Singapore showcased in a display launched at Jurong Regional Library yesterday.


Displayed in formats such as e-books, videos and photographs, they were picked from more than a million memories collected by the Singapore Memory Project (SMP) since 2011.


The dedicated, permanent 100 sq m space, called SMP@JRL, has been set up in the design of a living room.


Highlights include a media wall where visitors can zoom in on a map of the island to explore memories and discover facts about various places.


For example, visitors can pull up information on 10 of Singapore’s oldest playgrounds which are still standing today – such as the iconic dragon playground in Toa Payoh Lorong 6, a dove-themed one in Dakota Crescent and a watermelon playground along Pipit Road.


There are also two interactive touch screens and personal pods which let visitors choose from a range of e-books and videos. They include topics such as vanishing trades, local food and childhood memories.


The SMP has been driven by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) and led by the National Library Board (NLB), which said it will regularly refresh content at the exhibition.


A monthly series of family bonding activities such as creating scrapbooks, book talks and a sharing session of local recipes are also in the works.


Heritage enthusiast and naval architect Jerome Lim, 49, who attended the launch, said that after more than two years of collecting memories, showcasing the information in various formats at a heavily frequented place like a library is a “good, natural progression”.


“An exhibition like this extends its role and allows social memories and stories about the country’s past to be shared with the rest of the community,” said Mr Lim.


Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State for the MCI and Ministry of Education, opened the space and said that SMP will also collaborate with the Bicultural Taskforce, of which she is chairman, to collect memories from the Chinese-speaking community.


There are plans for a similar partnership with the Malay- and Tamil-speaking communities.


NLB director Gene Tan encouraged people to contribute memories via the Singapore Memory Portal website www.singaporememory.sg.


“Together our stories make up the multi-faceted Singapore story,” he said.


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