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Cortina Watch Pte Ltd

Cortina Watch Pte Ltd is a luxury watch retailer in Asia. Despite being a first time donor towards heritage causes, Cortina Watch did not hesitate to donate generously in support of the National Heritage Board (NHB). In an auction organised by watch manufacturer Patek Philippe, Cortina Watch made a successful bid for an SG50 commemorative dome table clock named Esplanade – Singapore, specially created by Patek Philippe. The handcrafted dome table clock depicts resplendent fireworks over the Esplanade’s characteristic durian-like dome. The hammer price of the successful bid was donated to the National Heritage Board (NHB) as a cash donation. The donation seeded the HeritageCares initiative, a new programme which offers cultural programmes to beneficiaries of the Community Chest.

Cortina Watch put the winning bid for the Esplanade - Singapore, a hand-crafted dome table clock specially designed by Patek Philippe in celebration of SG50.

Global Yellow Pages Limited

Having served the public and private sectors in Singapore for over 40 years, Global Yellow Pages Limited possesses a keen sense of giving back to the community. In 2015, the company generously sponsored publicity initiatives for the SG50 special exhibition: The 50 Made-in-Singapore products. Highlights of the exhibition were featured not only in Global Yellow Pages’ overseas trade publications such as Singapore Exporters and Singapore Industrial Sourcing Guide, but also on online platforms such as and


The sponsorship from Global Yellow Pages paid homage to the brands that continue to underpin the success of Singapore’s manufacturing sector. Their donation has also increased public awareness of “made in Singapore” products and the nation’s manufacturing achievements.

Cover feature of the SG50 special exhibition – 50 Made in Singapore Products.


The 50 Made in Singapore Products exhibition presented at National Museum of Singapore Glass Atrium.


Hong Leong Foundation

The Hong Leong Foundation was founded in 1980 with the aim to create opportunities for Singapore to flourish and develop through advancing education, helping the needy and supporting arts and heritage. Since 2001, the Foundation has been a strong supporter of the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). In 2015, an extension housing three floors of galleries opened at ACM. Hong Leong Foundation donated towards the revamp of ACM in 2012, which made possible a brand new wing that houses three floors of galleries. This wing includes galleries that showcase treasures from China, such as Chinese art from the Fujian province, as well as a gallery dedicated to the history of ceramics from China. In addition, the Foundation presented an additional donation during the opening of the new wing, in support of the museum’s research efforts and development of public programmes.


The Hong Leong Foundation has also joined the National Museum of Singapore’s Founders’ Circle, demonstrating its firm commitment to playing a part in shaping Singapore’s future as a cultural centre.

The façade of the new wing at the Asian Civilisations Museum, supported by the Hong Leong Foundation.


Visitors viewing the artefacts at the recently opened Scholar of Chinese Culture gallery, located in the Kwek Hong Png Wing, named after the founder of the Hong Leong Group.


Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) is one of the first foreign banks to establish offices in Singapore. A long-term supporter of the arts and heritage, its partnership with the British Museum and the National Museum of Singapore demonstrates its commitment to be a part of the growth story of Singapore and its people. In 2015, HSBC was the Principal Sponsor of Treasures of the World from the British Museum, a special jubilee year exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore (NMS).


The joint exhibition between the British Museum in London and our national museum explores the cultural and artistic achievements made by the world as a whole, allowing visitors to learn about enduring themes that connect all people, regardless of time and place. The generous support by HSBC has again allowed the NMS to showcase a world-class exhibition to our local and international audiences.


Treasures of the World from the British Museum exhibition features relics from ancient civilisations spanning Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania. It also includes renowned objects such as the British Museum’s infamous Egyptian mummy-board, a Lewis chess piece from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, and an 800,000-year-old stone hand axe from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. To relate the exhibition closer to home, items collected by Sir Stamford Raffles such as a Javanese mask, a kris and scabbard that date back to the early 19th century are part of the exhibition’s highlights.


This is the second exhibition at NMS that HSBC has supported; HSBC had also supported the Dreams and Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing and Photography from the Musee d’Orsay, Paris in 2010.

HSBC was the Principal Sponsor of the Treasures of the World from the British Museum exhibition.


Mr Koh Kow Tee, Michael

Mr Koh Kow Tee, Michael is an avid collector of Peranakan wares, with a great sense of appreciation for its aesthetic and heritage value. He has a vast collection of more than 200 oil and water colour paintings from first and second generation Southeast Asian artists. In 2015, Mr Koh successfully bid for a specially designed Patek Philippe dome clock at a fundraising auction held at the National Museum of Singapore. The hammer price of this unique dome clock was donated to the Peranakan Museum as a cash donation. The dome clock, entitled Peranakan Culture, was inspired by intricate Peranakan design.

Mr Koh made the successful bid for the ‘Peranakan Culture’ dome table clock, a one-of-a-kind creation of Patek Philippe.


Lam Soon Cannery Pte Ltd

Founded in Singapore in 1929, Lam Soon Cannery Pte Ltd began trading in cooking oils, rice, and copra. Since its incorporation in 1950, Lam Soon has become a major supplier of fast moving consumer goods brands in Singapore and Malaysia. In 2015, Lam Soon Cannery adopted seven objects in the Chinese collection of the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM). Three are on display in the new Scholar in Chinese Culture gallery, and four will be displayed in the Chinese Ceramics gallery set to open in April 2016.


Lam Soon Cannery’s contributions emphasises the importance of the preservation of Chinese cultural heritage. This generous donation has also allowed the museum to create a more comprehensive collection for the public to learn from and engage with.


Artefacts adopted by Lam Soon Cannery:

A ‘Set of inksticks’, from 18th century China.


An Inkstone, from the Song dynasty (960 – 1279), China.

Lee Foundation

The Lee Foundation was established in 1952 by Dr Lee Kong Chian to help the poor and needy. Beyond the provision of financial support, the Lee Foundation reaches out to the needy through education and social services. In 2015, the Lee Foundation gave cash donations to various museums and NHB divisions in support of their heritage projects:


  • The Asian Civilisations Museum in support of the ACM Gala
  • Treasures of the World from the British Museum exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore (NMS)
  • The Malay Language Council for Bulan Bahasa (Malay Language Month)
  • The Promote Mandarin Council for the Speak Mandarin Campaign
  • Founder’s Circle, a group of patrons who are committed to providing support for the National Museum of Singapore (NMS)
  • The launch of “Ancestral Home of Tun Tan Siew Sin”, a book published by Ms Tan Siok Choo at the Peranakan Museum
  • The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) received donations to develop educational projects through the Lee Foundation Fellow Programme
  • The Tamil Language Council for the Tamil Language Festival


The Lee Foundation’s generous support has contributed to enriching educational programmes in the heritage sector and aided in promoting the use of our mother tongue languages.

A Mandarin Talent Competition held by the Speak Mandarin Campaign, supported by the Lee Foundation.


The Lee Foundation supported the ACM Gala in 2015.

Lee Hwa Jewellery

Lee Hwa Jewellery is a leading jewellery brand in Singapore and an avid supporter of the National Museum of Singapore (NMS).


In 2015, Lee Hwa Jewellery supported the exhibition Treasures of the World from the British Museum with a cash donation, as well as valuable marketing support. In addition, it also created the beautiful ‘Sovereign Necklace’, a piece inspired by one of the artefacts in the exhibition. Proceeds from the sale of the necklace benefited the National Museum of Singapore. Lee Hwa Jewellery is also a proud member of the Museum’s Founders’ Circle.


Lee Hwa Jewellery’s passion towards preserving and promoting cultural heritage has strengthened our heritage scene, augmenting its vibrancy. The Museum is extremely fortunate to have long-term benefactors such as Lee Hwa Jewellery, who has supported us in so many ways over the last few years.

The Sovereign Necklace, created by Lee Hwa Jewellery in support of the Treasures of the World from the British Museum exhibition.


Mr Mohamed Abdul Jaleel - BBM

Mr Mohamed Abdul Jaleel - BBM is the Founder and CEO of MES Group, a diversified business group with its principal business in designing, constructing and managing off-site residential facilities for guest-workers in various industries. MES is committed to being a worthy corporate citizen by giving back to the communities where it conducts its business and is a prominent patron of the arts, culture, education, charities and humanitarian causes.


In 2015, Mr Jaleel supported the Malay Language Committee with a cash donation, which went towards Bulan Bahasa (Malay Language month). In addition, Mr Jaleel generously pledged to give to the Tamil Language Festival every year for 10 years, displaying his commitment to promoting the speaking and learning of the Tamil Language.

Students participating in a Malay dance performance at the Flower Dome during the launch of Bulan Bahasa, Malay Language month.



Chinnanjiru Maedai 2015, an annual talent competition held amongst primary school students by NIE Tamil Language Club during the Tamil Language Festival 2015.


SBS Transit Ltd

SBS Transit is a leading public transport operator in Singapore. It ferries more than three million passenger trips a day on its extensive bus and rail network.


SBS Transit is a strong supporter of Singapore’s national language campaigns organised by the Language Council Secretariat. In 2015, it provided free advertising space on its buses in support of the Malay Language Council's Bulan Bahasa (Malay Language month) as well as the Promote Mandarin Council's Speak Mandarin Campaign.


SBS Transit’s generous provision of media advertising platforms has allowed the language councils to effectively reach out to the public, championing the cause for the use and preservation of our mother tongue.

A public bus advertisement for Bulan Bahasa (Malay Language month) supported by SBS Transit.



A public bus advertisement for the Speak Mandarin Campaign supported by SBS Transit.


Singapore Airlines Cargo Pte Ltd

Singapore Airlines Cargo (SIA Cargo) is a long-term partner of the National Museum of Singapore (NMS). SIA Cargo has played a pivotal role in bringing major international exhibitions closer to home, as well as sharing our local arts and heritage with the rest of the world. In 2015, SIA Cargo supported the Singapore Festival in France 2015 with sponsorship of freight that facilitated the successful presentation of three exhibitions in Paris, Lyon and Lille.


SIA Cargo also provided freight support for the Treasures of the World from the British Museum exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore.


The museum is proud to have our country’s national carrier, SIA Cargo, on board as a strong supporter of local heritage.

SIA Cargo supported the Singapore Festival in France 2015.



SIA Cargo provided freight services in support of the Treasures of the World from the British Museum exhibition.


Singapore Post Limited

Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) is the leading provider of domestic and international postal and eCommerce logistics services.


A long-time supporter of the Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) since the museum started in 1995, SingPost’s support extends beyond cash contribution to include heritage preservation and public education. In 2015 alone, SingPost supported special exhibitions and educational programmes at SPM that included:


  • Return to Sender – An Exhibition, 21 Jan 2015 – 15 Nov 2015
  • Counting Sheep, Dreaming Goats Exhibition, 16 Feb 2015 – 3 Jan 2016
  • The Singapore Journey: 50 Years Through Stamps Exhibition, 21 Jul 2015 – 16 Oct 2016
  • National Stamp Collecting Competition and Exhibition, 14 – 19 Aug 2015


The enduring partnership between SingPost and SPM underlines the bond that ultimately strengthens Singapore and its communities through educational tools and learning resources. The gifts from SingPost over the years are a testament of their confidence in SPM as the guardian and promoter of Singapore’s heritage.

The Singapore Journey: 50 Years Through Stamps Exhibition which showcases stamps and rare stamp artworks, is supported by SingPost.



SingPost supported Return To Sender – An Exhibition , a tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley, in celebration of his 80th birthday in Jan 2015.


Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. SPH provided in-kind sponsorship by waiving the copyright fees for using their images in the following National Heritage Board projects:


  • Balestier: A Hundred Year special exhibition and exhibition catalogue at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
  • Bedok East-Coast Heritage trail
  • Great Peranakans Exhibition at the Peranakan Museum
  • Growing Up (1955 – 1965) living gallery at the National Museum of Singapore
  • In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew Exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore
  • Istana Heritage Gallery
  • MUSE SG magazine
  • National Heritage Board’s Jubilee Walk
  • National Heritage Board’s public education on historic sites and Historic Site Markers
  • Old Hill Street Police Station Heritage Gallery
  • Passion & Knowledge: Singapore Chinese Pioneers in Education at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
  • Print book and e-book “Yang Terukir:  Bahasa & Persuratan Melayu” for Malay Language Council
  • Preservations of Sites and Monuments’ Monumental Walking Tours
  • The Singapore Journey: 50 Years Through Stamps at the Singapore Philatelic Museum
  • We Built a Nation exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore


Singapore Press Holdings provided their images for In Memoriam: Lee Kuan Yew at the National Museum of Singapore.



Singapore Press Holdings also supported We Built a Nation, an exhibition which showcases archival photographs and documents that explore the leadership of Singapore first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.


Swarovski Management Pte Ltd

Swarovski, a renowned global company with a rich history and strong culture of creativity is committed to growth and maintaining its place at the forefront of design, creativity and technological innovation.


In 2015, Swarovski Management Pte Ltd partnered with the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) to support an art installation by Singapore-born artist, Suzann Victor. This stunning and mesmerising chandelier titled ‘Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre’ will incorporate thousands of Swarovski crystals and will be unveiled in 2016. In addition, Swarovski also provided the artist with invaluable technical advice to ensure the smooth creation of the artwork.


Swarovski’s generous contribution has underpinned the success of this art installation and provided a wonderful opportunity for the artist to create resplendent work. The chandelier will complement the grand interior of NMS and the rich collection of the museum.

Wings of a Rich Manoeuvre’ by Suzann Victor was made possible with crystals donated by Swarovski.



TIME is a prestigious news magazine that has both a regional and global reach, and has been a long-time supporter of the National Museum of Singapore (NMS). In 2015, TIME kindly supported Treasures of the World from the British Museum, a special exhibition at the NMS, through the provision of advertising spaces in local and ASEAN editions of TIME magazine. Once again, TIME’s marketing efforts allowed the exhibition to be publicised far beyond local shores. TIME’s continued support is greatly appreciated by NMS.

Advertisements for the exhibition were prominently featured in local and regional editions of TIME magazine.


The support of TIME magazine has allowed NMS to raise greater public awareness of the exhibition.