Haj Pilgrimage before the 20th Century
Before flights became common in the 1970s, Muslim pilgrims from Southeast Asia travelled to Mecca by land or sea, on voyages that took months or even years.
They Died for All Free Men
The Kranji War Cemetery and Singapore Memorial are a solemn tribute to those who died defending Singapore.
Japanese and Chinese Photo Studios in Prewar Singapore
Chinese and Japanese photography studios had to negotiate the politics of race, class and clan in the early 20th century.
A Royal Wedding Gone Wrong
Celebrations during a royal wedding in Tanjung Pinang in 1819 led to a terrible misunderstanding that would change the course of history in Riau and Singapore.
A History of Sennett Estate
It was once Singapore’s largest planned housing development and saw action during Konfrontasi in the 1960s.
Giving a Voice to the Dead: Remembering Chao Tzee Cheng
As a forensic pathologist, Chao Tzee Cheng helped bring murderers to justice.
Hearts and Minds
A Malayan Special Branch police inspector (played by Jo Tan) interrogates a suspected communist (played by Oon Shu An). Who will prevail in the battle of wits?
The Story of Singapore’s Changing Wet Markets
Wet markets have existed in Singapore since 1825. Zoe Yeo looks at how these markets have changed over time.
Into the Night
Cabaret dancers like Rose Chan were famous. But what were their lives really like?
Nature Conservation in Singapore
Balancing biodiversity conservation with urban development is a hot-button issue in land-scarce Singapore.
The Poet and the Night Train
He writes Singapore’s first book-length poem, then vanishes from history. Discover how the mystery of the missing poet was solved.
Recipes for the Ideal Singaporean Female
From cooking, cleaning and becoming a good mother to outsourcing housework as women's careers took off. How have home economics lessons evolved?
The Extraordinary Life of Kunnuck Mistree
How did a 19th-century convict become a wealthy philanthropist?
A Qur’an Made in Singapore
This edition of the Qur’an in the National Library is one of the earliest extant copies to have been printed at Kampong Gelam in Singapore.
Cinema Pioneer Tan Cheng Kee
The Alhambra and Marlborough theatres were famous landmarks in pre-war Singapore. Barbara Quek looks at these cinemas, and the man behind the curtain.
Labouring to Deliver: A History of Kandang Kerbau Hospital
The old Kandang Kerbau Hospital was once known as the busiest maternity hospital in the world.
Flower Power: Singapore’s Orchid Diplomacy
Singapore’s diplomatic efforts may take several forms, including naming orchid hybrids after foreign dignitaries.