Malay Heritage Centre embarks on next phase of redevelopment

The Malay Heritage Centre on Wednesday announced it has embarked on its next phase of redevelopment to refurbish the museum which will house a new permanent exhibition, as well as two temporary exhibition galleries, a new visitors’ centre and a flexible performance space.

Part of the plans to revamp the Centre includes the removal of a 40-metre section of a wall along Kandahar Street to give visitors an unrestricted view of the Centre at Kampong Glam and its garden.

The Centre said a spice and herb garden will also be created in the garden featuring flowers and plants used in Malay cooking, medicine and culture.

A new storyline will also be conceptualised for the permanent exhibition in the Centre.

This will highlight the history of Kampong Gelam as a port town and its significance to the Malay community, and showcase the different aspects of Malay culture and heritage that originated from the Indo-Malay Archipelago.

It will also highlight the connection between the heritage of Malays in Singapore and acknowledge the progress of the community and its contributions.

The revamped Centre will also have a traditional Malay house set along five themes in five permanent galleries – Anjung (Arrival), Perintis (Pioneers), Kehidupan (Living and Working), Pustaka (Language, Literature and Publications) and Kesenian (Arts and Culture).

The new Centre is scheduled to re-open in June next year to coincide with the Centre’s seventh anniversary.

During this period, the Centre will continue to be open to showcase Malay art, culture and heritage.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 2 Nov 2011

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