As announced by Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, at the Committee of Supply (COS) debate 2017, the National Heritage Board will be rolling out a Heritage Plan for Singapore. The first edition of the Heritage Plan will be released in 2018, and will set our strategies and initiatives for the following five years (2018 to 2022).
What is the Heritage Plan?
- A comprehensive and holistic national blueprint for the heritage sector in Singapore
- Done in close consultation with heritage stakeholders, the general public and other Government agencies
- Strong interest in Singapore’s heritage and identity by Singaporeans and communities
- Timely to review what we have done well in, and what we can improve on, following record achievements in museum visitorship and community outreach
- Build on and continue the efforts of past cultural master plans, such as the Advisory Council on Culture and the Arts (ACCA), the Renaissance City Plans (RCPs) and the Arts and Culture Strategic Review (ACSR)
What are the objectives of the Heritage Plan?
- Articulate the value and importance of heritage, especially its role in connecting people, strengthening identity and belonging, and improving our quality of life;
- Highlight past efforts in the areas of heritage preservation and promotion;
- Draw up plans for new strategies and initiatives for the next five years (2018 to 2022); and
- Envision long-term goals for the heritage sector by 2030 and beyond
What Singaporeans can look forward to:
- Greater Accessibility at Museums and Cultural Institutions
Our museums and heritage spaces will be made more accessible to visitors from diverse backgrounds. For example, we will be engaging special needs groups in the consultation and co-creation of programmes, and we will improve capabilities of museum professionals to support the visits and learning needs of these groups.
- Safeguarding of our Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)
We will be documenting and researching on ICH to better understand our intangible cultural heritage forms, and to build up a rich resource of Singapore's diverse cultural heritage for wider access.
We will also be working on schemes to provide greater recognition and support for ICH practitioners.
- Partnering Communities
We will be exploring more ways to empower our partners through the co-curation of heritage content, providing resources to support more ground-up projects, and working with volunteers and donors in giving back to the community through heritage.
We intend to strengthen our partnerships with communities, heritage groups and volunteers, and encourage greater ownership of the preservation and promotion of Singapore’s heritage.
- Improving Archaeological Frameworks
We will be strengthening our laws and frameworks to protect our archaeological heritage, and partnering the community and experts to better conduct archaeology so as to convey a fuller picture of Singapore’s history.
We have been engaging different groups of Singaporeans to seek their views and aspirations for Singapore’s heritage. We will continue to speak with a wide spectrum of people, including academics, experts, industry practitioners, community and heritage groups, youths, volunteers and educators on the different areas of the Heritage Plan.
In the later part of 2017, we will also be seeking public feedback on preliminary proposals on the various areas covered in the Heritage Plan via various platforms.
In the meantime, if you have any thoughts, or would like us to contact you later in the year for your feedback, please drop us a line here: HeritagePlan@nhb.gov.sg.