Patron Of Heritage Awards

Chairman's Foreword

I am honoured and delighted to welcome you to the 2017 Patron of Heritage Awards.

This year, we honour 67 patrons who have donated over $5.5 million to heritage causes in 2017. Their generosity enables the heritage and museum sector to present world-class exhibitions, organise well-loved festivals, introduce engaging public programmes, and launch insightful publications, among others. Their invaluable contributions are vital to our efforts in the preservation and development of cultural heritage, ensuring that what has been left to us from the past will become a legacy for the future.

The passion and commitment of you, our patrons, is key as Singapore, equipped with Our SG Heritage Plan – the first, comprehensive master plan for Singapore’s heritage and museum sector – embarks on a new chapter in our heritage journey. Launched earlier this year, the plan charts the future roadmap for Singapore’s heritage and museum scene, and outlines the strategies and initiatives for the sector. The plan was co-developed with Singaporeans, and is a testimony to the collective commitment by individuals, communities and organisations towards safeguarding and promoting Singapore’s heritage. We will continue to engage and rely on the support of you, our partners, and the community as we execute its policies and initiatives.

2017 was a celebratory year as we marked significant milestones of our institutions and events. The National Museum of Singapore, the nation’s oldest and most iconic cultural institution, celebrated its momentous 130th birthday and welcomed over 900,000 visitors in 2017. In addition, Singapore Night Festival, one of NHB’s signature events, celebrated its 10th anniversary with dazzling light art installations and spectacular street theatre performances, and drew a record crowd of over 700,000 visitors.

The Singapore Heritage Festival 2017 excited everyone with lesser known facts about our broadcast history through the exploration of the former Caldecott Broadcast Centre. While behind the scenes at the Heritage Conservation Centre, research and innovation continue to drive the work they do. Most recently, harnessing the benefits of technology, the centre partnered the Singapore General Hospital to use X-ray technology to scan artefacts and facilitate conservation science work. These are some examples of how we reach out to different groups of people and work with different partners, emphasising how everyone has a part to play in shaping the heritage that binds us.

Singaporeans and visitors were also treated to many outstanding and inspiring exhibitions at our museums and institutions. These included Joseon Korea: Court Treasures and City Life at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Witness to War: Remembering 1942 at the National Museum of Singapore, Symbols and Scripts: The Language of Craft at the Indian Heritage Centre, Sirri na Pesse: Navigating Bugis Identities in Singapore at the Malay Heritage Centre, and Stitches of Love – Hidden Blessings in Children’s Clothing and Accessories at the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, just to name a few. We also saw the opening of the new Peranakan Gallery in Changi Airport’s new Terminal 4, which showcases the heritage and culture of the Singapore Peranakan community. Our museums, the National Collection and exhibitions they house, and the stories these tell of Singapore and beyond, enable us to discover more about ourselves and the world we live in.

We could not have achieved these milestones without the strong support of our donors and patrons. My appreciation also extends to the many supporters of heritage who have chosen to remain anonymous about their gifts. Every contribution, whether through the donation of cash, in-kind services or artefacts, make a tremendous impact on our efforts to safeguard our heritage for the future.

As the different parts of Our SG Heritage Plan come together to shape Singapore’s heritage landscape, we seek your continued support to see it to fruition. Once again, I thank all our patrons for their unwavering support, and look forward to continue working with all of you again.

Mr Ong Yew Huat
National Heritage Board