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An Old New World Programmes

21 Sep 2019 - 29 Mar 2020
11am - 6pm
There's something for everyone in this exciting line-up of programmes! Celebrate important occasions with us, hear from our curators and speakers about interesting topics related to the exhibition, An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s-1819 and participate in programmes specially designed for youth, families and children.
HistoriaSG: Dr Donna Brunero

HistoriaSG: In Service of John Company: Life in the English East India Company in Asia (c.1800s) [FULLY SUBSCRIBED]
Thu, 13 Feb | 7.30pm – 8.30pm | The Salon, Level 1

By 1800, the English East India Company (EIC) was already a formidable presence in India, with factories stretching throughout Southeast Asia. Trade routes were relatively well known, and so too, the profits that some private trade could yield. What then, was it like to work for the EIC? What could one expect on a voyage out to Asia? How did factory life operate and why were some postings more desired than others? How were factory gossip and reports on the lives of EIC servants important in shaping careers and fortunes?

By asking such questions and examining sources from the EIC, including artefacts from the National Museum of Singapore’s An Old New World Bicentennial exhibition, Dr Donna Brunero explores a deeper understanding of the EIC and the lure (and sometimes trials and tribulations) of a career in Asia.

Limited spaces available. $5 per pax includes light refreshments. Visit for registration.

Image: The Launch of the Honorable East India Company’s Ship Edinburgh, 1827.


A Lighter Side of History: An Old New World: Caring for the Past in the Present, with the Heritage Conservation Centre
Sat, 22 Feb | 2pm – 3.30pm | The Salon, Level 1

The National Museum’s latest exhibition An Old New World: From the East Indies to the Founding of Singapore, 1600s–1819 features over 150 fascinating artefacts on display. But have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in preparing these objects for display?

In this interactive sharing session, hear from cataloguers, collections managers, conservators and photographers from the Heritage Conservation Centre as they share more about the documentation, conservation, inventory and other essential processes involved in supporting the exhibition.

Limited spaces available. $5 per pax includes light refreshments. Visit for registration.

Past Programmes

HistoriaSG: Banten, The Forgotten Kingdom with Lim Chen Sian
Thu, 9 Jan | 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Imagining the East Indies with Daniel Tham
Thu, 16 Jan | 7.30pm – 8.30pm

The Story of Gin, An Old Modern Drink by Tanglin Gin [FULLY SUBSCRIBED]
Sat, 18 Jan | 2pm – 3.30pm

[FULLY REDEEMED!] -  RSVP and visit An Old New World exhibition during the opening weekend (21 or 22 September 2019) to receive a tea infuser featuring an image of a Malayan tapir inspired by the National Museum's prized William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings.

Curator Tour
12 December | 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Storytelling Sessions: Orang Laut Tales by MoonShadow Stories 
21 December | 2pm & 3.30pm: I Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level | Free |  Ages 4 – 8

Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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