Patron Of Heritage Awards

Chairman's Foreword

I am privileged to welcome you to the Patron of Heritage Awards 2018. Since its launch in 2006, the Patron of Heritage Awards has grown from strength to strength. In this time, we have had the honour of witnessing first-time benefactors grow to become long-standing patrons; individuals and corporations “adopting” various heritage causes that hold special meaning to them; and a growth in the different ways one can give back to our museums, institutions and heritage. 

This year builds on what has been achieved. We honour 100 patrons, both individuals and organisations, who have contributed more than $6.5 million in the past year to a wide range of heritage causes and events. Their generosity and support have enabled us to provide even more opportunities for Singaporeans from all walks of life to experience and enjoy our shared heritage. This is important as memories created through these shared experiences are the stories that will be passed on to others, even generations beyond us. This is our vision in action – instilling Pride in Our Past, and a Legacy for Our Future.

Our festivals are a great example of how such great partnerships can benefit many. Through the Singapore Heritage Festival, Singaporeans can always count on learning new things about Singapore. In 2018’s edition, festival-goers uncovered more about Singapore’s industrial heritage when they headed to Jurong Town Hall. The Singapore Night Festival 2018 once again ignited the streets of Bras Basah.Bugis with electrifying performances and mesmerising interactive light art installations presented with the support of precinct and funding partners. Our language festivals, such as the Speak Mandarin Campaign, Bulan Bahasa and Tamil Language Festival have continued to receive strong community support, allowing us not just to better appreciate our multi languages and cultures, but to encourage their greater use in our daily conversations and life.

Our museums and institutions continue to tell the Singapore story, and our links to the region and the world, through their exhibitions. The Asian Civilisations Museum presented Angkor: Exploring Cambodia's Sacred City, Masterpieces of the Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet, an exhibition in collaboration with the Guimet Museum. The National Museum of Singapore’s The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030 exhibition brought Singaporeans back to their growing up years spent at their favourite playgrounds. The Indian Heritage Centre launched Chetti Melaka of the Straits: Rediscovering Peranakan Indian Communities, which offered visitors a rare glimpse into the lesser known Chetti Melaka or Straits-born Indians and their way of life. The Malay Heritage Centre explored a unique Southeast Asian perspective on the global movement of Muslim pilgrims from the late 19th century into the early 1970s with their exhibition Undangan Ke Baitullah: Pilgrims’ Stories from the Malay World to Makkah.

All of these would not be possible if not for the strong support of you, our patrons. My appreciation also extends to the many supporters who have chosen to remain anonymous in their gifts. Every contribution is crucial as work goes on to fulfil the different parts of Our SG Heritage Plan – the master plan for Singapore’s heritage and museum scene. As they say, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and together, we can achieve so much more. I look forward to your continued support in the coming years.


Ms Yeo Chee Yan
National Heritage Board