Arts Picks: National Library's On Paper, Don Pasquale goes Singlish, Halloween at the Library and more

A photo taken on Sept 27 shows the Bute Map, on loan from The Bute Archive at Mount Stuart, during a media preview of the On Paper: Singapore Before 1867 exhibition at the National Library.
A photo taken on Sept 27 shows the Bute Map, on loan from The Bute Archive at Mount Stuart, during a media preview of the On Paper: Singapore Before 1867 exhibition at the National Library.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Tucked away on the 10th floor of the National Library is an astonishing collection of papers from maps and wills to prints and paintings, which offers engaging snapshots of Singapore before it became a crown colony.

The most eye-catching display is the actual 1824 Anglo-Dutch Treaty, an elaborately red-bound confection with golden tassels and a wax seal, which divided South-east Asia between the colonial powers of the English and the Dutch.

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