Eurasian Heritage Centre to undergo revamp at the end of 2017

The Eurasian Heritage Centre will be undergoing renovation at the end of this year.
The Eurasian Heritage Centre will be undergoing renovation at the end of this year. PHOTO: THE EURASIAN ASSOCIATION/ FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - The Eurasian Heritage Centre will be undergoing renovation at the end of this year and its revamped galleries are targeted to open end-2018.

This will be in time for the Eurasian Association's 100th anniversary in 2019.

While details have not been finalised, there are plans to incorporate technology elements and to better organise the exhibits at the centre with the renovation, said Mr Benett Theseira, president of the Eurasian Association.

The revamp's costs are estimated to be between $600,000 and $700,000. The National Heritage Board (NHB) will co-fund $150,000 under the board's Heritage Project Grant. The rest of the funding will come from donations and fundraising efforts.

NHB will also help with the curation of the galleries of the centre, which were previously put together by community volunteers.

The Eurasian Heritage Centre's revamp was revealed on Friday (July 7), during a visit of the centre by President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

Dr Tan visited the centre's three galleries, which showcase the roots, history and culture of the Eurasian community in Singapore, the influence of Europeans on Singapore society through trade and inter-marriage, and the experiences of Eurasians during World War II.

The visit is part of the President's engagement with the community. In December last year, Dr Tan hosted a tea reception at Istana for about 30 staff, board members and volunteers from four self-help groups - the Chinese Development Assistance Council, Mendaki, Sinda and the Eurasian Association.