On April 7, the revamped National Archives of Singapore (NAS) building at 1 Canning Rise officially reopened after being closed for a year and a half for upgrading.
The reopening took place just in time for NAS’ 50th anniversary as the keeper of Singapore’s historically significant materials.
Besides a restored external facade, the revamped building boasts new facilities to improve the public’s access to our archival materials, and support research and conservation of such materials.
These include an Archives Reading Room with new microfilm readers; the state-of-the-art, 134-seater Oldham Theatre, which will regularly screen interesting Asian films; three oral history recording studios for preserving first-hand stories; and conservation labs for preserving paper-based and audiovisual materials.
NAS will also organise more public programmes at its revamped building, such as group tours and talk series, to bring the archives closer to Singaporeans. Information on these programmes can be found at the website.
To expedite the retrieval of records, NAS has also replaced its manual request forms with an online e-Request system, which allows users to request to view archival materials. Users can also order reproduction copies of archival materials to be delivered to them at their convenience, thereby owning their own piece of history.