Singapore's cultural resources are growing!

As a result, you may not be aware of all the various associations, groups, resources and art-and-culture-relevant resources that are available to you. Here's a short list to get you started. We welcome additional recommendations; send any suggestions you have with a short description/recommendation to the FOM Webmaster


Sumptuous facility with lots of quiet space for reading and research. Excellent online access free by simply signing up (that includes JSTOR, one of the best digital academic Asian resource libraries). The National Library also hosts a website that has online editions of some of the region's most fascinating out-of-print, classic travelogues including the 1897 Life of Sir Stamford Raffles and

An Account of the Malayan Peninsula: Large basement carpark and good bus access. Few minutes' walk from Raffles Hotel and Bugis Junction.

Formed in 1969, the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society's purpose is to widen appreciation and acquire knowledge of the ceramic art of China and countries adjacent to China, especially those of Southeast Asia. To pursue this aim, local members meet for periodic discussion (usually in local museum meeting rooms), to hear talks by experts and to study and compare 'pots'. Annual membership fee. Especially friendly to newcomers and beginners interested in learning more about ceramics and SE Asian ceramics in particular. Study trips are an additional feature.

Opened in March 2004, The Arts House is one of Singapore's newest arts and heritage venues with programs and activities for everyone (lots of childrens' activities including some of the best "story-telling sessions" in Singapore). Housed in Singapore's first Court House and former Parliament House (built in 1827), just around the corner from ACM on Old Parliament Lane, The Arts House is Singapore's only gazetted government building designated as a multidisciplinary arts centre, Here, audiences connect with artists and arts organisations through a broad spectrum of engaging, contemporary arts and entertainment events. The Arts House is managed by Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company. Are you a movie buff? They also host classic and foreign films in a boutique "theatrette". And have a charming little cafe where you can get light meals, a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine. Visit their website to get onto their free email list for periodic activity updates or call 6332 6900.

An online repository of artefacts and artworks in Singapore drawn from the National Heritage Board's collections, making it an interesting resource for researchers, art aficionados and enthusiasts--and perhaps just the vehicle to entice your family or neighbours to spend more time in Singapore's growing museums. Click here for website.

Did you know that there's an e-mail newsletter that appears on a regular basis chock full of information and news about anything and everything related to the arts and culture scene of Singapore? While it usually flags articles of interest from the Singapore press, it also includes announcement of special shows, exhibitions, activities, and even discount coupons (including those wonderful "30% off any book" coupons from Borders). To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to:

First launched in March 2006, this site has helped unearth a treasure trove of stories and memories of the Singapore of old. With the support of a group of heritage enthusiasts called the Friends of (FOYers), the site has proven to be immensely popular with younger generation Singaporeans who are interested in discovering their unique heritage here in Singapore as well as anyone interested in learning more about Singapore's heritage.

The Preservation of Sites & Monuments (PSM) is the national authority that advises on the preservation of nationally significant sites and monuments in Singapore. It is guided by the Preservation of Monuments Act to provide "for the preservation and protection of National Monuments". The PSM traces its roots back to January 1971 as the Preservation of Monuments Board. It was then a statutory board under the Ministry of National Development who was responsible for identifying monuments that are worthy of preservation, based on the criteria that they are of historic, cultural, traditional, archaeological, architectural, artistic or symbolic significance and national importance.

The Substation is Singapore's first independent contemporary arts centre located in the civic district, just a few doorways down from the Peranakan Museum on Armenian Street. Its venues include a black box theater, a gallery, a dance studio, Random Room and two multi-functional classrooms. It presents and co-presents a wide range of artists and programmes from traditionally trained dancers to local rock bands; established visual artists to young poets; publications to international short film festivals; experimental theatre to seminal conferences on Singapore arts and culture. It offers courses in arts marketing, photography, batik painting, dance, acting, and film to the public (minimum age: 15).

ISEAS is a regional research centre dedicated to the study of socio-political, security and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment.

The aim of the Institute is to nurture a community of scholars interested in the region, and to engage in research on the multi-faceted dimensions and issues of stability and security, economic development, and political, social and cultural change. To achieve these aims, the Institute conducts a range of research programmes; holds conferences, workshops, lectures and seminars; publishes research journals and books; and generally provides a range of research support facilities including a large library. The library has a comprehensive collection of research material on the applied social sciences dating mainly from the 19th century. ISEAS schedules regular seminars and lectures. To receive notices of their events, send your contact details to:

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) was established as a university-level institute in July 2001 as one of the strategic initiatives of the National University of Singapore (NUS). Its mission is to provide a world-class focus and resource for research on the Asian region, located at one of its communication hubs. ARI engages the social sciences broadly defined, and especially interdisciplinary frontiers between and beyond disciplines. Through frequent provision of short-term research appointments, it seeks to be a place of encounters between the region and the world. Within NUS, it works particularly with the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Law and Design, to support conferences, lectures, and graduate study at the highest level. ARI conducts regular lectures and seminars: Events

The best independent bookshop in Singapore specializing in Southeast Asian titles. Set up in 1976, its vision is to make a wide variety of publications on Southeast Asia available to a wider audience. It stocks an extensive collection of books and journals relating to the region. They compile a new titles list calledSelections for customers on their mailing list, and they've recently launched a dedicated blog. They put out occasional special subject lists--for example on The Chinese in Southeast Asian, Art, Architecture, and Southeast Asian Literature. They are also good about special-ordering titles for you they do not have in stock and FOM members receive a 10% discount by showing their membership card at time of purchase. Email to get on their mail list. Select Books is located just down the block from the Peranakan Museum on Armenian Street, tel. (65) 6732-1515.

The National Archives of Singapore (NAS) houses the collective memory of Singapore. As the official custodian of the corporate memory of the government, NAS manages public records and provides advice to government agencies on records management. From government files, private memoirs, historical maps and photographs to oral history interviews and audio-visual materials, NAS is responsible for the collection, preservation and management of Singapore's public and private archival records, some of which date back to the early 19th century. Public access to its collections is available through the Archives Reference Room or on-line at

Led by professional guides, Original Singapore Walks leads you through the byways of Singapore almost everyday (except Sundays and public holidays), rain or shine, taking you into Singapore's most colourful heritage sites such as Little India, Chinatown, Kampong Glam (Arab Street area) and our Colonial District. If you've missed an FOM Field Studies Singapore destination you'd like to visit, you can try here. More offbeat tours include the Secrets of the Red Lantern (the history of vice in old Singapore) and their World War II tours (Changi WWII and End of Empire). Walks originate from MRT Stations. Schedule

The Chinese Heritage Centre (CHC) was founded in 1995 to advance knowledge and understanding of ethnic Chinese communities in different parts of the world. The Centre undertakes a range of public education, documentation and research activities. One of the major projects CHC has undertaken was the publication of The Encyclopaedia of the Chinese Overseas in 1998. Now into its second print run, this publication is the standard reference on the Overseas Chinese and is printed in Chinese, English and French. The CHC also aims to be a leading research and resource center on the Chinese outside China. Its Wang Gungwu Library is an excellent resource center for scholars, researchers and students (with over 30,000 books in its collection). The Centre is also the coordinator for Huayinet, the website of the Inter-Agency Committee on Chinese Overseas Databank and Research Collection. The committee is made up of 13 Singapore-based organizations. Through this web site, information and material on the Chinese diaspora is easily accessible to the international community. It is located at the Nanyang Technological University.

157 Neil Road is perhaps one of the last surving Peranakan-style houses in its original state in Singapore. It was the family home of the Wee family since 1910; Wee Bin (1823-1868), was one of Singapore's shipping tycoons. Cited as a significant feature of Singapore's rich architectural heritage, the Baba House plays a key role in conserving the distinctive Peranakan heritage. Various exhibitions and events showcase aspects of the culture captured in an eclectic mix of antiques, decorative ornaments, Peranakan cuisine, social customs, and lifestyle. Visits are currently by appointment only; please visit their website for more information.

This former Ford vehicle assembly plant (the first in Southeast Asia) located at 351 Upper Bukit Timah Road, was the scene of dramatic events during World War II--The British surrendered to the Japanese in 1942 here. The permanent exhibition gallery, Memories at the Old Ford Factory, captures the history of the Japanese occupation including the Sook Ching massacres, the mass migration, and the treatment of POWs. It also documents the history of the Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army. It's open Mondays to Saturdays, 9am to 5:30pm.

MV is FOM's sister organisation of volunteer museum guides who guide on the weekends (at present, FOM docents guide on weekdays only). They were formed on 1 May 2004 by a group of working professionals who were also experienced museum volunteer guides. There are currently more than 120 MVs from different nationalities, races, age groups and professions. They also help out with various other NHB programmes. If you're a Singapore-trained FOM guide who would also like to guide on weekends, please contact the MV coordinator here.