Recognising Heritage

Thanks to Michael from Lancaster Gate for highlighting this topic.

UNESCO’s world heritage center lists 851 properties as ‘forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value” – 184 countries have successfully listed properties, unfortunately Singapore is not one of them.

Celebrating heritage can be demanding. My quick Google search identified 2 bodies in Singapore that could be focal points for driving nominations:

1. The Singapore Heritage Society – “a non-profit, non-government organization and registered charity. The Society is dedicated to the preservation, transmission and promotion of Singapore’s history, heritage and identity. The Society aims to promote active interest in the cultural life and history of Singapore and to initiate action on research, evaluation, documentation, publication, collection, display, and preservation and restoration of skills and items of historical interest. ”

2. National Heritage Board champions the development of a vibrant cultural and heritage sector in Singapore by making heritage enriching, fun and accessible to all through exciting events that engage diverse audiences. The board also promotes public awareness and appreciation of heritage through educational, outreach and community programs.

Perhaps there is possibility of Singapore being represented in the collection of world heritage sites sometime soon.

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