Every Body Plays A Part: National Museum Of Singapore Showcases Health & History

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Explore the little-known sides of Singapore’s history of public health at the National Museum of Singapore digital exhibition “Every Body Plays a Part: A Showcase of Public Health Crises and Responses in Singapore”, accessible on the National Museum’s website from 18 September 2020.


Every Body Plays A Part Digital Exhibition

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Maximising the rich resources in the National Museum of Singapore, the Every Body Plays a Part digital exhibit presents 39 artefacts and one newly-commissioned photograph.

As museums are a fantastic way to mark an event in time, and with the historical event of a nationwide pandemic, this exhibit might give some assurance to visitors as it highlights the measures that we’ve taken to stem the spread of contagious diseases on our island, the effects of which are still prevalent today. 

Chung May Khuen, Director of the National Museum of Singapore, said, “Every Body Plays a Part is a timely response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and we hope that Singaporeans will take heart that what is now considered the ‘new normal’ has been experienced in some form in the past, and we will get through this crisis, just as we have before.”


Key Moments in History

Every Body Plays a Part will feature four exhibits covering the Distancing, Inoculation, Hygiene and Restoration of bodies.

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Some key moments included in the exhibit are the introduction of vaccines alongside the artefacts and documents related to vaccination practices and policies in Singapore over the years.

Learn how the creation of hospitals, and the roles played by key local personalities such as Dr Lim Boon Keng and Tan Tock Seng, have shaped the way Singapore’s hospitals function and assist those in need.

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As part of the National Museum of Singapore’s efforts to broaden Singapore’s contemporary collection, they are also inviting residents in Singapore to contribute objects and accompanying stories and photos to its ongoing Collecting Contemporary Singapore: Documenting COVID-19 in Singapore initiative. The public can visit this site for more information or submit a contribution.

 

Be sure to check out Every Body Plays a Part: A Showcase of Public Health Crises and Responses in Singapore will be available on the National Museum’s website from 18 September 2020 onwards.