Former kampongs, popular entertainment venues and nostalgic dating spots are among 1,500 memories of Singapore showcased in a display launched at Jurong Regional Library on Thursday.
Displayed in formats such as e-books, videos and photographs, they are among more than a million memories collected by the Singapore Memory Project since 2011.
The dedicated, permanent space at the library has been set up in the design of a living room. Highlights include a media wall where visitors can zoom in on a map of the island to explore memories and discover facts about various places. There are also two interactive touchscreens and personal pods which let visitors choose from a range of e-books and videos.
The project has been driven by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) and led by the National Library Board (NLB), which said it will regularly refresh content at the exhibition. A monthly series of family bonding activities such as creating scrapbooks, book talks and a sharing session of local recipes are also in the works.
NLB director Gene Tan encouraged people to contribute memories via the Singapore Memory Portal website www.singaporememory.sg. "Together our stories make up the multi-faceted Singapore story," he said.
The space was opened by Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State for the MCI and Ministry of Education. She said the project will collaborate with the Bicultural Taskforce, of which she is chairman, to collect memories from the Chinese-speaking community as part of efforts to broaden its reach. Volunteers will be trained to document memories in several languages.