Change and Continuity in Humanities

Thursday, March 22, 2012 @ 8:46 AM
Our group's experience in accomplishing this task
Jemaimah -
Fathiah -
Sarah - For me, I could not go to Clarke Quay at the same time as my group members but I seized the opportunity to go to the historical place days later. I enjoyed seeing how calm and clean the Singapore River is now compared to how it looked like before. In the museum, there were also a lot of artifacts to see. It was an enjoyable experience and I think my group members enjoyed going there as well.
If there is an area that I think my group could do better if given an opportunity to do again, I would plan my time more wisely so that I would be able to go an meet my group members and that we could experience it together. We would also plan properly beforehand and also write down interesting facts that we found about the river and the museum so that it would also be a learning journey for us.

Sharifa - It was an interesting task as it my first time going to Clarke Quay. The history of Singapore has never been of interest to me until now. It was interesting to find out about the past of the Singapore River in the Asian Civilizations Museum. If I had a chance to go through the outing again, I would have planned the trip better as my group got lost halfway, we wasn't sure where we were going and followed the rest of the other groups instead.

Group summary (150 to 200 words) - It was an interesting task to take on as a group project for IH. The trip to the museum was great as we found out interesting stories of Singapore’s past and saw different artifacts, and we are more interested in the history of Singapore now. From the visits to both the river and museum, we managed to compare the Singapore River before and now. Sure enough, the river looked so much better due to how clean and calm it is compared to the photo in the Singapore Museum where it seemed to be packed with a lot of boats/sampans and trash.
If we had a chance to go through the outing again, we would plan the trip better, like the exact location and time to meet since we had problems getting there halfway- but fortunately then, the rest of the other groups were there and we followed them instead.
8:22 AM
Change and Continuity in ancient civilisation (Asian Civilisations Museum)

On 22 April 1997, at Armenian Street, The Asian Civilisations Museum first opened at the Old Tao Nan school building. The exhibits were largely centred on Chinese civilisation. With the restoration of the Empress Place Building, the museum established its new flagship museum there on 2 March 2003, rapidly expanding the collection to other areas of Asia. The place where ACM first opened closed for renovations and reopened as the Peranakan Museum.

On 16 September 2006, the museum launched its new logo and a new slogan “The Asian Civilisations Museum- where Asian cultures come alive!”.

In 2005, there was the first exhibition in the museum, called "Power Dressing: Textiles for Rulers and Priests from the Chris Hall Collection". As years passed, there were a lot more exhibitions in the museum.

Today, it is one of the pioneering museums in the region to specialise in pan-Asian cultures and civilisations. The museum has an Asian-themed restaurant. There are also ballrooms and halls for functions. There is a museum shop with museum-inspired souvenirs and a range of books on Asian art.

The photo above shows one of the pieces shown in the museum, stating about the history of the Singapore River and the Clean Rivers Project that took place on 1977.

8:13 AM
Change and Continuity in the river system (Singapore River)

During the 1880s, there was heavy traffic on the Singapore River due to due to rapid urbanization and expanding trade and at the same time, disposal of garbage, sewage and other by-products of industries which were located along the river banks caused the pollution of the river. Transport, boat building and repairs, waste, oil spills and wastewater also contributed to the water pollution.

On October 1977, the government started taking action to clean the Singapore River. Ten years later, the clean-up of the Singapore River and Kallang Basin was completed. After the clean-up, a lot of activities started taking place, for example, wayang performances on a bumboat, variety shows staged on pontoons anchored in the river, and boat races.

Today, the river is now part of the Marina Reservoir after damming the Singapore River at its outlet to the sea for a new reservoir of freshwater. The dam is known as Marina Barrage.

As for activities, speedboats, dragon boats, pedal-boats and sampans can be seen plying on the clean waterways of the Singapore River these days.

Here is a picture of the boats that can be seen along the Singapore River on 20 March, 2012.