On Paper : Singapore Before 1867
28 September 2019 – 22 March 2020
10.00am – 9.00pm
Level 10, Gallery National Library Building
On Paper: Singapore Before 1867 features over 150 paper-based artefacts that tell the story of Singapore’s early history – from a 17th-century Portuguese navigational chart that points to the existence of a Shahbandar (harbour master) on Singapore island to the key document that established the Straits Settlements as a Crown Colony of Britain on 1 April 1867.
Through carefully preserved records from the collections of the National Library, National Archives of Singapore and overseas institutions, On Paper presents a rare treat to all who are interested in our nation’s past.
Click below to download the exhibition brochure and guide.
Exhibition brochure (with Programmes from September - December 2019) Exhibition brochure (with Programmes from January - March 2020) Exhibition guide (English) Exhibition guide (Malay) Exhibition guide (Chinese) Exhibition guide (Tamil)
Curiocity: Raffles Place
28 Sep 2019 – 22 Mar 2020 Level 1, Lobby, National Library Building
Curiocity explores one of Singapore’s most iconic and historical districts – Raffles Place. CurioCity presents photographs, books, building plans, archival footage as well as oral history records exploring the evolution of and memories associated with the city’s commercial centre.
An island by any other name…
21 August 2019 – 24 March 2020
- Central Public Library – 21 August to 29 October 2019
- Tampines Regional Library – 22 August to 30 October 2019
- Ang Mo Kio Public Library – 30 October to 16 December 2019
- Geylang Public Library – 31 October to 17 December 2019
- Woodlands Regional Library – 17 December 2019 to 29 January 2020
- Queenstown Public Library – 18 December 2019 to 30 January 2020
- Bedok Public Library – 30 January 2020 to 23 March 2020
- Jurong Regional Library – 31 January 2020 to 24 March 2020
The earliest records of Singapore’s existence can be found in maps and charts that help us understand how Singapore was known to the outside world from as early as the 1400s. However, as early map makers were often unfamiliar with the region misspellings and misidentifications abounded, resulting in much confusion as to where Singapore island was and what it was called!
An island by any other name… explores the various incarnations and names of Singapore on early maps from the collection of the National Library.
Interested schools or organisations can email email@example.com for more details on private tours. Book early to secure a tour slot!
In conjunction with the exhibition, On Paper: Singapore before 1867, three limited edition prints are now available for purchase.
All prints measure 40.5cm by 30.5cm, and are printed on archival grade paper.
Prints can be purchased online for collection at Level 8 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library in the National Library Building, 10am – 9pm, daily. There is no mailing service available.
“View from the mouth of the Singapore River”, Sketch by François-Edmond Pâris and engraved by Sigismond Himley (1835)
$19.90 (inclusive of GST)
“Mao Kun (茅坤) Map from Wu Bei Zhi《武备志》, Chapter 240”, by Mao Yuanyi (茅元儀) (Late 19th century) $19.90 (inclusive of GST)
“Contrafactur des Scharmutz els der Hollander wider die Portigesen in dem Flus Batusabar”, by Johann Theodor and Johann Israel de Bry (1606) $19.90 (inclusive of GST)