As the far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to sweep across the world, many social, economic and political structures and systems have been – and continue to be – altered. The infectious disease has severely affected the health of millions of people, and is now actively shaping the ways in which businesses are run, policies are put in place, and lives are lived.
Drawing from the National Museum’s collections and using the concept of the “body” as a starting point, this online showcase explores a little-known side of Singapore’s history of public health. Starting from the late 19th century, it highlights the measures taken to stem the spread of contagious diseases on the island, the introduction of vaccines, the creation of hospitals and the roles played by key local personalities in such, as well as the public campaigns aimed at encouraging a clean and hygienic environment.
You can visit the online exhibition here.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Collecting Contemporary Singapore: Documenting COVID-19 in Singapore
The National Museum is expanding its public engagement efforts to crowdsource objects and related stories/photos from residents in Singapore, to broaden their contemporary collection. Click here to make your submission.
With a history dating back to 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum with a progressive mind. Beneath its 19th-century colonial exterior, it uses cutting-edge technology to present the nation’s legacy and development. Its galleries highlight fresh perspectives of the Singapore story as they take you on an immersive voyage – one where creative storytelling redefines the conventional museum experience.