As part of our mission to safeguard heritage, George Town World Heritage Incorporated completed its pilot oral history documentation project in 2013, and subsequently kick-started a three-year oral history documentation project from 2014 to 2016. It aimed to increase our historical resources and references, and improve on how we document local history and heritage.
‘The Living Museum’ programme was implemented under George Town Festival before that in 2012 to present stories from long-term residents of George Town, especially in Armenian Street, Acheen Street and Cannon Street.
In 2013, the Oral History Documentation Project began with the collection of oral histories focusing on memories of residents of Chulia Street during the post-war period of 1945 – 1970. It successfully built a pool of consistent local human resources, well-equipped with professional recording and transcribing tools. It upheld professional and technical standards based on the model developed by the Oral History Centre at National Archives of Singapore, and modified accordingly to suit the local context.
George Town World Heritage Incorporated continued the effort to document oral history in 2017 and 2018 featuring the local community and organisations, and incorporate online platforms for dissemination of information. Through our Oral History Documentation Project, we hope to improve the process of research and recording history, and train future documenters.
To listen to the oral history audio recordings at our Interpretative Centre, make an appointment by filing in this form.
For details, contact Ms Chuah Ai Kheng, Manager of the Department of Cultural Heritage Research and Development at 04-261 6606 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.