NHB, Palace Museum ink pact to work together in five areas

(From left) Ms Chang Hwee Nee, NHB's chief executive, Ms Grace Fu, Singapore's Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Luo Shugang, Minister for Culture for the People's Republic of China, and Dr Shan Jixiang, Palace Museum director, at the sig
(From left) Ms Chang Hwee Nee, NHB's chief executive, Ms Grace Fu, Singapore's Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Luo Shugang, Minister for Culture for the People's Republic of China, and Dr Shan Jixiang, Palace Museum director, at the signing of the MOU.PHOTO: MCCY

BEIJING • Rare artefacts from China's Palace Museum will be displayed in Singapore, following a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed yesterday between the museum and Singapore's National Heritage Board (NHB).

This is a first for both parties, and lasts for five years. Under the MOU, NHB - which oversees six museums in Singapore - and the Palace Museum will collaborate in five areas: exhibition and loan exchange, exchange of information relating to collections management and conservation, curatorial and conservation staff exchange, research and publication, and retail opportunities.

For instance, there are ongoing talks for a proposed joint exhibition between NHB's Asian Civilisations Museum and the Palace Museum, to be held in Singapore.

Plans are also afoot for a workshop for museum educators and programmers from Singapore, China and South-east Asia to pick up skills to build, engage and sustain new audiences in an immersive museum experience, share best practices in building new audiences, and create awareness in the role of museums in social inclusion and community building.

The MOU was signed by NHB chief executive Chang Hwee Nee and Palace Museum director Shan Jixiang, and witnessed by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu and Chinese Culture Minister Luo Shugang .

REINFORCING CULTURAL TIES

The signing of this MOU further cements the strong cultural relations between our two countries, and paves the way for more partnerships in the future.

MS GRACE FU, Singapore's Minister for Culture, Community and Youth.

Ms Fu said: "The signing of this MOU further cements the strong cultural relations between our two countries, and paves the way for more partnerships in the future. I look forward to the upcoming collaborations that will showcase the best of China's and Singapore's culture, and add vibrancy to both our heritage sectors."

Toh Wen Li

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2017, with the headline 'NHB, Palace Museum ink pact to work together in five areas'. Print Edition | Subscribe