Our SG Heritage Plan 2.0: play your part in shaping the future of Singapore’s heritage
Four years after its first iteration, Our SG Heritage Plan will be moving into a new phase – Our SG Heritage Plan 2.0. The original master plan was launched in 2018 by the National Heritage Board (NHB) and is the first master plan for Singapore’s heritage sector. It outlines strategies and efforts to better express and present the depths, breadths, and richness of Singapore’s heritage.
That plan, which concludes this year, bore great fruits.
For starters, it helped put Singapore on the world map when the country’s Hawker Culture was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The plan also led to new galleries and trails that brought Singapore’s heritage closer to the community, and the use of exciting new technology that transformed the experience of visiting museums.
All that was made possible through a mammoth effort in consulting people from all walks of life, organising focus group sessions, and building a website and a roving exhibition to gather feedback from members of the public.
For Our SG Heritage Plan 2.0, four focus areas have been identified: Community, Identity, Industry, and Innovation. These areas and initial ideas surrounding them have been presented in the form of an “adventure” online, to get participants’ thoughts through various interactive features.
The A List takes you through a brief journey of the microsite and how you can explore it while offering your thoughts on various aspects of the master plan.
The Community Cafe is all about harnessing the power of community to drive interest in Singapore’s heritage. Participants will be invited to offer their thoughts on topics such as how the heartlands can be enlivened and the kinds of activities one would be interested to take part in.
Most of the questions have open-ended segments that invite participants to offer their thoughts briefly, which helps to gauge the level of interest among participants in volunteering for activities to help bring programmes to the public.
In the Identity Greenhouse, the public will be asked about what they think it means to strengthen their sense of being Singaporean.
For starters, a participant can offer thoughts on what aspects of Singapore one feels proudest of and would like the share most with the world. Among the choices are the pet topic of local cuisine, Singapore’s rich cultural diversity and traditions, and its iconic cityscape.
There are also topics like the Founders’ Memorial, Singapore’s archaeological heritage, and curating a national design collection unique to the city.
The Industry Workshop showcases the various initiatives taken to extend the reach of Singapore’s heritage industry. These could come in the form of merchandise, heritage businesses, and finding ways that can equip the country’s heritage professionals with the tools and know-how necessary to do so.
There is a good chance many have seen merchandise depicting Singapore’s heritage and identity, such as kaya toast magnets, or five-stones keychains. This part of the website will look into how museums and designers can collaborate better to present the country’s heritage through merchandise.
NHB is looking to employ technologies such as artificial intelligence to provide a better museum experience. As such, this part of the site will seek opinions on what digital offerings people are hoping to see more of.
There is a section that looks into how we can minimise our carbon footprint in ways such as restoring and reusing old buildings. It also calls for ideas on how to create more projects such as Digimuse, which seeks to bring together the worlds of heritage and technology.
Alternatively, members of the public can also offer their feedback in a more simplified format through this form.
Singapore’s heritage belongs to all of us – hence Our SG Heritage Plan. Spend some time exploring the website to play your part in shaping something that is uniquely us!
(Photos: National Heritage Board)