Singaporeans can help pick items for time capsule to be opened in 2065

The list of 60 items to be put into the time capsule includes memorabilia such as National Library cards, a model of the SAR 21 rifle, and Housing Board flat keys.
The list of 60 items to be put into the time capsule includes memorabilia such as National Library cards, a model of the SAR 21 rifle, and Housing Board flat keys.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM SG50 WEBSITE

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans are invited to help choose the items to be put into a time capsule which will be opened when the nation turns 100 in 2065.

The list of 60 items includes memorabilia such as National Library cards, a model of the SAR 21 rifle, and Housing Board flat keys.

Each item corresponds to one of four themes celebrating Singapore's unity in diversity, sense of home, links to the world, and resilience as a nation.

People are also encouraged to leave messages on why the objects they have chosen are important and meaningful. These will also be sealed in the time capsule.

Members of the public may pick their favourite items - or propose new ones - through the Singapore50 website at www.singapore50.sg/timecapsule between today and Nov 1.

They can also choose the items via digital selection booths, which will be move around selected libraries and the Asian Civilisations Museum.

The first booths have been set up at the Central Library @Bugis, where they will remain until this Sunday (Sept 27).

"Beyond a collection of items, the SG50 Time Capsule celebrates our diversity, our values and our aspirations for the future," said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, who is chairman of the SG50 steering committee.

In a release issued by the committee, he said: "When the time capsule is opened in the year 2065, it will give (future Singaporeans) a glimpse into our way of life, the memories and values we share, as well as our hopes for the future."