• Thu. Jun 23rd, 2022

Antique portable music player, replica of a tin winding robot on display in a traveling museum exhibit, Singapore


SINGAPORE – Before digital music streaming services, there were MP3 players, and even before that, portable music was enjoyed via the radio-phonograph, a success here in the 1960s and 1970s.

One of these devices from the Japanese brand National is now on display at a traveling exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of the Museum Roundtable, a museum collective created by the National Heritage Board (NHB) in 1996.

The exhibition, titled Museum Roundtable 25: Celebrating The Silver Jubilee Of The Museums In Singapore, is presented by the NHB in partnership with 26 of the roundtable’s 62 public and private museums, galleries and heritage institutions.

It launched at Raffles City Shopping Center on Thursday, December 2, and will run through December 15 before moving to other locations.

NHB General Manager Chang Hwee Nee said, “The traveling exhibit provides a glimpse into the richness, depth and breadth of what our museums and galleries have to offer.

“It is a fitting way to celebrate the Museum Roundtable’s Silver Jubilee and to recognize its vital role in the development of a vibrant museum and heritage landscape in Singapore.”

Visitors can expect coupons for special discounts and free gifts at participating museums in the Roundtable in Singapore.

Each weekend day, these coupons will be distributed using a giant gumball machine, while supplies last.

In addition to the radio-phonograph, a pewter replica from the Mint Museum of Toys of a winding robot produced in the 1930s is also on display.

Both are among 11 artefacts from Roundtable Members on display at the exhibit.

Some of the artifacts on display, MS 393 Robot Lilliput (left), circa 2000s, and Lyo and Merly plush toys. They were the official mascots of the first Youth Olympic Games organized by Singapore in 2010. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Also on display are memorabilia from past museum roundtable programs, such as commemorative pins from one of the group’s first programs, The Battle for Singapore – an annual series of programs commemorating Singapore’s fall in the Second World War.

Mr. Alvin Yapp, founder and curator of the Peranakan The Intan house museum, said the roundtable is a critical and important platform for small private museums.

“Through this community, not only are our voices heard, but we also learn and are inspired by other larger museums, giving us the opportunity to explore new ideas, participate in different initiatives and collaborate with other museums, ”he said.

Ms. Soo Hui Wah, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Singapore Discovery Center, added that the roundtable helped promote professionalism in the museum sector by providing training and sharing platforms such as seminars and conferences, and establishing useful resources to encourage the sharing of best practices. .

The exhibition will take place at Junction 8 from December 16 to 27 and at Westgate from December 28 to January 10. From January 11 to 26, she will be at the National Museum of Singapore, her last stop.

More information is available on the NHB website.