Join ST on journey through history

A new video on ST's birthday microsite chronicles 170 years of Singapore's history as seen through the headlines.
A new video on ST's birthday microsite chronicles 170 years of Singapore's history as seen through the headlines.

JOIN The Straits Times on a trip down memory lane and learn more about Singapore's oldest broadsheet as it celebrates its 170th anniversary next month.

The paper has launched a new three-minute video on its birthday microsite chronicling 170 years of Singapore's history in Straits Times headlines. The video is also available on ST's YouTube channel.

Accompanying it is an interactive timeline feature that tracks the paper's journey from black and white to colour, through name and ownership changes, to the modern broadsheet of today.

"Words are really the currency of any newspaper," said ST managing editor Ignatius Low. "So when we thought of how a video can capture the rich 170-year history of The Straits Times, we went back to the words we published and animated them."

The video was produced by a team from the ST newsroom, together with branding firm Goodstuph and production house Supermarket Creatives.

Many milestones along the timeline mark not just significant occasions for the paper, but also events that have shaped modern Singapore.

These include the Great Marriage Debate of the 1980s - when then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew suggested providing incentives for graduate women to have children - and the outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003.

The material will be featured in a special supplement and e-book that will mark the paper's birthday on July 15.

Earlier this year, ST also started an Instagram feed featuring old photos from its archives, and a unique photo "slider" series that shows how places in Singapore have changed over the decades.

Those who want to view the new video and interactive timeline can visit the website at 1845.straitstimes.com or scan the QR code on this page.

History buffs can also visit ST's upcoming free exhibition, Singapore STories: Then, Now, Tomorrow, which will run from July 17 until Oct 4 at the ArtScience Museum.

linettel@sph.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2015, with the headline 'Join ST on journey through history'. Print Edition | Subscribe