Historia SG: At Home in Singapore

Gallery Theatre,
Basement Level
2pm - 3pm
Free Admission
Historia SG
At Home in Singapore
Singapore is a country that is grounded in migration. How have we as individuals—or the generations before us—made it home?

Sat, 22 Sep | 2pm – 3pm

Gallery Theatre, Basement Level


Join historian Mandakini Arora as she talks about home, identity and gender, based on oral history interviews that she has conducted with British women who arrived in Singapore in the two decades pre-independence. One of her interviewees is Jean Marshall, the widow of David Marshall, Singapore’s first elected chief minister. Jean’s letters “home”, written in 1953-54 when she was posted in Malaya with the British Red Cross, have recently been published (edited by Mandakini) as Jean Marshall’s Pahang Letters, 1953-54: Sidelights on Malaya during the Emergency. At the time Jean wrote the letters, her home was England. Today, 65 years later, her home is Singapore. She is not unique in her shifting notion of home, which is becoming more common in a globalized world. Individual stories of home and identity are embedded in larger, national and global histories of colonialism and postcolonialism. Through these collective stories, Mandakini explores the dynamic processes whereby we make a place home.



Mandakini, arora

Dr Mandakini Arora

Mandakini Arora is a historian of gender and colonialism with a penchant for oral history. She started life in tea country in the northeast of India and went to boarding school in Darjeeling followed by college in Delhi. She has a master’s degree in Indian history from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a PhD in Russian history from Duke University. Mandakini moved in 1999, with her husband and daughter, to Singapore where she has lived since.

Family Time

Take a trip through 700 years of Singapore's history with your little ones with our Family Time Guide to find out how life in this Lion City has changed over the centuries. On your journey, you will meet various historical figures as well as landmark objects in each phase of Singapore's history. Explore how people from different communities used to live, their aspirations and how they helped shape the Singapore we see today.

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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