Human x Nature At National Library Singapore: Exploring Our Relationship With The Natural Environment

Human X Nature At National Library Singapore: Exploring Our Relationship With The Natural Environment
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Trace the history of Singapore’s natural environment and how we have shaped it, for better and worse, at the Human x Nature exhibition at the National Library Building on Victoria Street.


Human x Nature: Environmental Histories of Singapore

The exhibition features more than 150 books, maps and manuscripts about Singapore’s native flora and fauna. It will run from 9 April to 26 September 2021.

Human x Nature: Environmental Histories of Singapore
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The artefacts and exhibits at Human x Nature tell the story of human interactions with the natural environment in Singapore. It elaborates on how our experiences with nature today have been influenced by the past.

The Human x Nature exhibition is made up of three sections on the 10th floor of the National Library Building. In addition to books from the National Library and National Archives of Singapore’s collection, there are also artefacts on loan from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and Singapore Botanic Gardens.


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Human x Nature Exhibition, National Library Board
Image: National Library Board

Understanding Nature delves into how nature was studied in the 19th and early 20th century. It also pays tribute to how local communities aided in the work of naturalists in the region.

Human x Nature NLB
Image: National Library Board

Consuming Nature highlights the impact of deforestation brought about by plantations established in Singapore.

Remaking Nature looks at efforts, include those of the present day, to conserve and restore Singapore’s natural environments.


Library of Life at the National Library Building Lobby

At the National Library Building lobby, pay a visit to a mini exhibition Library of Life. This multimedia display presents various natural history illustrations and facts with materials from four themed collections – Field Books, Fossil Stories, The Insect World and Curious Creatures.

There will also be programmes such as online talks and monthly tours of the Human x Nature exhibition by curators and docents. Families can look forward to Children’s Reading Club sessions at various libraries being held in conjunction with Human x Nature. Children’s workshops will also be held during the June school holidays.

A children-oriented mini exhibition Animal Friends will also be touring the regional libraries from now till September 2021.

Find out more about Human x Nature exhibition here.


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