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  • Monument Inspectorate « Preservation Of Monuments Board
    set up in 2007 to inspect monitor assess and evaluate the physical conditions of National Monuments as well as to assess and evaluate any request for preservation restoration maintenance or repair works It also assists the Board in the administering of grant aid for the conservation and repair of National Monuments Operations of Monuments Inspectorate The Inspectorate consists of the Architectural Consultants and the Monuments Inspectors The Inspectorate together with

    Original URL path: http://www.pmb.sg/?page_id=43 (2012-12-22)
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  • Research, Education and Publications « Preservation Of Monuments Board
    and potential monuments and at the same time promotes the National Monuments to keep them alive in the public imagination The research work it conducts serves to uncover the stories and information behind the potential monuments This research work forms the foundation for a potential monument to become a monument Objectives of Research Education Publications Section 1 To conduct research work on sites of historic traditional archaeological architectural or artistic

    Original URL path: http://www.pmb.sg/?page_id=49 (2012-12-22)
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    Original URL path: http://www.pmb.sg/pmb_ebook/ (2012-12-22)
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  • A Tale of Two Towns and Monumental Makeovers! « Preservation Of Monuments Board
    Old Buildings New Uses A Tale of Two Towns and Monumental Makeovers Post by Loh Pei Ying Undergraduate at the National University of Singapore NUS History Click below for a visual journey of these tours A Tale of Two Towns and Monumental Makeovers led by PMB s volunteer guides A Tale of Two Towns took place on the 12 th of June and the tour covered some of Singapore s prominent monuments such as the Asian Civilisations Museum The Arts House and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall Paul Rozario our volunteer tour guide and a travel book author brought us through the history of the Singapore River and the colonial administration that sat on its bank Last Sunday on the 19 th of June I followed a tour titled Monumental Makeovers led by a veteran museum guide Jean Tsai She brought us through the history of the monuments and how they have been transformed to what they are today museums The walking tour brought us through former Empress Place former City Hall and Supreme Court and the former Tao Nan School See if you know what museums these monuments have been transformed to today All images used are copyright of

    Original URL path: http://www.pmb.sg/?p=1555 (2012-12-22)
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  • Old Buildings, New Uses « Preservation Of Monuments Board
    the famous statue of Sir Stamford Raffles on the bank of the Singapore River It was apparently placed on the landing site of Raffles when he came to Singapore in 1819 Sited just beside the river is the former Empress Place Building which was built in 1864 Previously known as the Government Offices the building served almost the entire British government bureaucracy during the colonial period and continued to be the Immigration Department even after 1965 The original architect of the building was J F A McNair and the building was renamed Empress Place in 1907 to commemorate Queen Victoria s rule Today the building houses the Asian Civilisations Museum Yue Ling our guide for this monument shared the building s history and her thoughts on why this building is suitable to be the Asian Civilisations Museum in a shady spot outside the building Over the years the building underwent many phases of renovation in the years 1880 1903 1911 and 1920 The Asian Civilisations Museum today houses many artefacts with five main galleries in these categories Singapore River Southeast Asia South Asia China and West Asia Upon entering the monument we were taken to the second level of the building which is known as the Shaw Foundation Foyer today I learnt that this place used to be the main hall of the immigration department in those days This is a shot taken in the hall area Do you notice something interesting about this wall According to Yue Ling the building underwent many various forms of additions and this wall was actually the old façade of the building See if you can spot the original windows in this photograph A couple in the group shared with me their personal memory of this building He recalled receiving his Identity card here many years ago They both fondly remembered the days where they had to sing God Save the Queen in school and even sang a small verse for me Although the museum is air conditioned you will still find fans in the foyer Dr Kenson Kwok the former museum director wanted to bring back the nostalgia of his experiences by installing ceiling fans to remind people of the good old days Our third stop for the day was the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall VCH This complex was initially built as a Town Hall in 1856 1862 Following Queen Victoria s passing in 1901 a concert hall was built next to the town hall in her memory In 1905 a clock tower was finally added in between the Town Hall and the Concert joining the two and the complex was renamed Victoria Theatre We could not enter the building as it is currently going undergoing restoration Over the years the place has been renovated numerous times to meet modern times Before this the building was the host of many performance and competitions I have had my fair share of experiences with the VCH having performed there with my CCA groups while

    Original URL path: http://www.pmb.sg/?p=1600 (2012-12-22)
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  • Buzz and Dynamism « Preservation Of Monuments Board
    during the war The staff quarters of the building In the past the firemen stayed in these rooms Chng Jin shared with us an interesting piece of history as he told us about the means of alarm in the past Before they had technology for hand crank sirens shots were fired from the nearby Fort Canning Hill as a form of warning Inside the heritage centre you can find the different types of fire engine trucks that were once used in the past even a horse drawn fire engine The heritage gallery is open to visitors and you may visit it whenever you like For our next stop of the tour we were taken to the former Hill Street Police Station that is currently being used as the Ministry of Information Communications and the Arts It was constructed between 1934 and 1936 and was gazetted in 1998 by the Preservation of Monuments Board Today this building is well known for its rainbow coloured windows These windows are the original ones and they are louvered to shade off sun but still allowing proper air ventilation Eng Han led this part of the tour and brought us to rest at the ARTrium of the building The ARTrium is often used to house art exhibits The former Hill Street Police Station at six stories high was the tallest building during it s time It has many rooms and police officers and their families and even prisoners resided here During the Japanese Occupation the Japanese secret police Kempetai took over the building and it is rumoured that they conducted many of their torture sessions in this building Our third monument for the day was none other than the majestic City Hall building Dinie our third guide for the day shared with us the history of City Hall while we sat on the benches at the Padang The building was built in 1929 and served many various administrative functions since The magnificent City Hall has eighteen Corinthian styled columns and designed and carved by an Italian sculptor Rudolfo Noli City Hall is a very significant landmark as much of Singapore s history took place on its steps These included the surrender of Singapore to the Japanese in 1945 Singapore s declaration self governance in 1959 and various riots The City Hall building together with the former Supreme Court is currently undergoing renovation to become Singapore s new National Art Gallery Our last stop for the day was former Parliament House currently known as the Arts House In this picture behind Dinie is the statue of an elephant a gift from King Chulalongkorn of Siam Thailand to Singapore in 1871 The Arts House was built in 1827 almost 200 years ago and was initially constructed as a house for a Scottish merchant John Argyle Maxwell During the Japanese Occupation years it was used as a storehouse and office for the Department of Social Welfare It was opened again in 1954 and was renamed Parliament House when

    Original URL path: http://www.pmb.sg/?p=1561 (2012-12-22)
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  • My Monumental Playground! « Preservation Of Monuments Board
    University of Singapore NUS History On 11 12 th of June the Preservation of Monuments Board and National Parks Board organised the event My Monumental Playground at Esplanade Park It was a fun filled weekend as families came together to take part in the activities organised and learned more about Singapore s history Lim Bo Seng Memorial Tan Kim Seng Fountain Cenotaph A Milo truck was present to serve free cold milo for everyone Treasure Hunt Children were scattered all over the park in search for the answers to their activity sheets Natural Mosaic Children decorated their favourite monuments with natural craft materials Living Gardens Children and even adults were enamoured with these beautiful small desktop gardens Storytelling Sessions The children listened to the story with deep concentration and great enthusiasm 11 th of June Saturday Outdoor Movie Screening Families gathered for a nice picnic dinner and a free movie screening of How to Train Your Dragon 12 th of June Sunday Silent Precision Drill Performance Many people gathered to watch the drill squads as they performed their incredibly synchronised routines to pop songs It was great way to close off the event with a big bang Hwa Chong Institution

    Original URL path: http://www.pmb.sg/?p=1488 (2012-12-22)
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  • The Last Days of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station « Preservation Of Monuments Board
    Ying Undergraduate at the National University of Singapore NUS History On June 30 th 2011 Singaporeans bid their goodbyes to the life of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station as it ran its train services for the last time It was a bittersweet affair as people flocked to capture the railway station s last moments and also to honour its memory in Singapore s history The Tanjong Pagar Railway Station was a living piece of Singapore s developing past that will now be forever lost to us Knowing how significant this monument is to our history I wanted to witness and document the last few days of the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station on my own This series of photographs are representative of what I saw and felt as I experienced the life of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station for the last time Click below to see more In its last few days almost all the stalls were emptied out leaving only the Ramly Burger stall and the drink stall open Long queues formed up as people scrambled for a last chance to experience what once used to be It was a sad sight to see as the bustling life of the monument slowly disappeared On the last night the atmosphere of the entire affair was electrifying It is such a rare sight to see so many Singaporeans from all walks of life young and old in a collective space to witness a historical event like this one When the train arrived people rushed to the platform and eagerly took out their cameras in attempt to document what is left of this place Though it was sad to say goodbye everyone had smiles on their faces Perhaps it was because they knew that the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station led a good purposeful and meaningful

    Original URL path: http://www.pmb.sg/?p=1629 (2012-12-22)
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