Semangat yang Baru Programmes

21 Apr 2023 - 13 Nov 2023
Various locations
Various timings
Please see programme information for more details
Forging the Social Structures of A Nation

HistoriaSG: Forging the Social Structures of a Nation

Oct 26 2023, Thur | 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Salon, Level 1 | $5 per pax

The late colonial period of Singapore's history is usually and unavoidably focused on key events and the personalities involved. Parallel to those were equally epochal yet understated structural changes intended to refashion Singapore's colonial society into something that was more cohesive. This talk outlines the social policies, their underlying philosophies and objectives, as introduced by the British from 1945. As the objective of forging a nation was shared, those policies have been adopted and adapted by successive governments, resulting in lingering legacies we still experience in the contemporary Singaporean nation.

Register Now: https://go.gov.sg/sybhsg-2

Photo: A street market in Chinatown, 1954. Arthur B. Reich Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore.

Curator Tour

Curator Tour of Semangat yang Baru

30 September | Exhibition Gallery 1, Basement Level | $15 per pax

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at Semangat yang Baru! Explore the exhibition with our curator Joshua Goh as he shares more about how the team conceptualised the exhibition narrative and provide insights on their selection of stories and artefacts.

Register now by clicking this link.



Bus Tours to Semangat yang Baru

18 June – 13 November | Various Locations | Various Dates
$5 per pax. A minimum of 35 pax will be needed to confirm the tour.

What was it like to be part of a young nation finding its way in the 1950s - 1970s? Why did we invite foreign companies to set up factories here, or build high-rise public housing on such a large scale? How did our multiracial society find a common voice in spite of our different cultures? Come face to face with these challenges encountered by Singapore’s leaders and people during our early nation-building years, at the Semangat yang Baru: Forging a New Singapore Spirit exhibition.

Your trip includes:

• An interactive guided tour by lively story-tellers at the National Museum of Singapore
• Return transport
• A free goody bag with snacks

Please visit go.gov.sg/sybbustour for list of dates, pick up locations, and to purchase your tickets!

To find out more about the bus tours, please e-mail info_nhb@ipossible.com.sg

Film Programme

A New Spirit in Film: A Founders’ Memorial x Honour Singapore Programme
29 July 2023, Saturday | 3.00 pm - 5.30 pm | Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore

Join us for an afternoon of reflection and thought-provoking conversation as you enjoy a series of curated short films from the Honour Film Initiative, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and featured personalities! The selected films tie back to the key themes of the Founders' Memorial's pilot exhibition “Semangat yang Baru: Forging a New Singapore Spirit”. We invite you to discuss the expression of Singapore’s founding values in the past, present, and future, and find inspiration for the way forward as a nation.


A New Singapore Spirit: Let’s Talk About It

If you could make a list of the “top hits” in Singapore’s nation-building journey, what would it be? How would you draw on the “powers” of your fellow citizens to overcome a crisis together? This special programme invites you to explore the Semangat yang Baru: Forging a New Singapore Spirit exhibition and reflect on the forging of the new Singapore spirit through your own eyes. You will get to (re)visit the exhibition, draw inspiration from the artefacts and stories within, play a game, interact with fellow participants, and maybe even leave the programme with newfound friends!

This programme is presented by the Founders’ Memorial. By learning more about what “Semangat yang Baru” means to you and fellow Singaporeans, we hope to gain insights into the diverse perspectives of exhibition visitors, as we deepen public engagement in the ongoing development of the Founders’ Memorial.

Register your interest here: https://go.gov.sg/letstalkaboutanewsgspirit



HistoriaSG is a lecture series that focuses on important but lesser-known aspects of Singapore history.

Look forward to lectures by Adjunct Professor Kevin YL Tan on 31 August and Dr Ho Chi Tim on 26 October, in conjunction with Semangat yang Baru, which will shed new light on Singapore’s challenges and dilemmas between the 1950s and 1970s.

Constituting a Nation

31 Aug 2023 | 7.30pm – 8.30pm | Gallery Theatre, Basement Level

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How did the Singapore Constitution come to be and how did it take its current form? From a colony to self-government, to a state in Malaysia and then finally an independent nation, the road of Singapore’s constitutional development has seen many twists and turns. In this talk organized in conjunction with the Founders’ Memorial’s pilot exhibition – Semangat yang Baru: Forging a New Singapore Spirit – constitutional law expert Prof Kevin YL Tan takes you through some of the ups and downs of this journey.

$5 per ticket. Registration at https://hsg-constitutinganation.peatix.com

Image: Entrance to the Singapore Constitution Exposition, 1959. Courtesy of the National Archives of Singapore.