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Seven Centuries in Six Episodes

How did climate change impact 14th century Singapore? Why was Singapore centre stage in regional battles and wars during the 16th century? Visitors can discover more about our island’s rich 700-year journey at the SkillsFuture Festival Singapore History Series, comprising six talks by renown historians. This history series complements The Bicentennial Experience by providing an introduction to each century and a deeper understanding of the different aspects of history.


Programmes include:

1. 11 July: On 16th Century – Associate Professor Peter Borschberg
– Provide insights on what is often described as ‘Singapore’s missing century’
– The rise of Aceh and the arrival of the Dutch in the 1590s and its influence on trade and power in the Straits


2. 18 July: On 17th Century – Dr Michael Flecker

– Insights on 17th century Singapore from a maritime perspective, using shipwrecks and cargoes, ancient charts and paintings to illustrate history
– Stories from Archaeological treasures excavated from our nearby seas, together with artefacts dredged from Singapore’s own Kallang Basins


4. 25 July: On 18th Century – Dr Imran Tajudeen

– Introduces 18th century Singapore and how it was shaped by economic and political developments in the Johor-Riau-Lingga Sultanate


5. 1 August: On 19th Century – Dr Nurfadzilah Yahaya, Dr John Solomon

– Provides an overview on colonial Singapore by delving into convict labour, law, and the new cosmopolitanism of the colonial era


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