NHB to launch nationwide survey on heritage buildings, sites

NHB to launch nationwide survey on heritage buildings, sites

SINGAPORE - The National Heritage Board (NHB) will carry out a nation-wide survey in the middle of this year to take stock of the current state of Singapore's heritage building and sites.

The survey will cover buildings, structures, sites and landscape features of architectural, historical and cultural interest and will include structures or sites completed before 1980.

Places associated with historical events which influenced the development of the nation or community, as well as places with social, cultural or educational significance will also be included.

NHB will refer to maps, newspaper records, archival materials and other publications to consolidate data about a place. If data is limited, the researchers will conduct interviews with locals or relevant parties to get more details.

NHB's CEO Rosa Daniel said: "As Singapore's population grows, it is important to ensure that in tandem with intensified development, there are increased efforts to preserve our heritage. This survey is a step forward to enhance our capabilities in research, documentation and commemoration."

This survey will be led by the newly-formed Heritage Advisory Panel, which includes experts in architecture, geography, sociology, anthropology and history.

Channel NewsAsia reported that research data and findings will be made available to other public agencies so that heritage considerations can be incorporated during planning phases.

The estimated $1 million effort was first announced by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong during the Committee of Supply debate in March.

debwong@sph.com.sg

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