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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

LAS group visiting Heritage Conservation Centre

Today I followed LAS Programmes and Social Committee to visit Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC).

Heritage Conservation Centre, 32 Jurong Port Road, Singapore 619104
DID: +65 6267 2618 Fax: +65 6267-2628 Email:

Date of visit: 9 January 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Meeting point: Main entrance of Heritage Conservation Centre

2:55 - 3:00  Registration
3:00 - 4:30  Tour of Centre (Collections Repositories and Conservation
4.30            End of visit

By car/taxi:
Exit 15A from AYE. Keep left till after the Jalan Buroh Junction.
For those who drive, do note that parking is free but limited.

By train/bus:
Alight at Lakeside MRT station if you are taking the train.
Then board SBS bus 98 from bus-stop on same side of the Lakeside MRT
station. Approximate timing of bus ride from Lakeside to HCC is 20-25

The bus stop to alight from is located just opposite the Centre.

Alternatively you may view this directional map to HCC, 32 Jurong Port Road.

Other Information:
As all visitors have to place their bags in lockers provided before the start of the tour. No audio-visual equipment/photography within the premises and storage areas.

We are advised to come in good walking shoes and bring along a light sweater as the Centre is cold for human traffic.

This visit was open to LAS members only.
Maximum no. of participants: 20
Closing date for registration: 28 December 2012, I was glad to be one of them!

About Heritage Conservation Centre

The Heritage Conservation Centre is a repository and conservation facility for museum artefacts and artworks that belong to the collections of the 3 National Museums in Singapore, under the National Heritage Board.

In other words, it houses and preserves artefacts that are not on display to the public. The roles also include "Provision of Heritage Collections Management Services - Documentation, Inventory, Storage and Preventive Conservation."

I learnt a lot from this second visit to the centre. My first visit was some years back on 5 March 2008 ( with a bigger group from LAS and NLB:

Photo credit: Courtesy of Ms Belinda Ming-Yi Chan, National Library Board, 2008
This time, we took a group photo standing at the right end where the staircase is, I think I am the only one who repeated the visit.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Library Association of Singapore
uploaded on 21 Feb 2013

As we cannot take any photos in the centre, the rich information is in our mind yet I am unable to recall in details. 

I am glad to have the following printed documents given at the exit point when we end our tour:

* On conservation. Singapore: Heritage Conservation Centre, 2012.

* On conservation: perspectives from the Heritage Conservation Centre. Singapore: Heritage Conservation Centre, 2010.

* Be mused. No. 21. Oct-Dec 2012 Vol.5 Issue 4. Published by the Education and Outreach Division of National Heritage Board.

* Leaflets on various topics from Heritage Conservation Centre:
   -- Integrated Pest Management
   -- Collections Management
   -- Conservation
   -- Agency of Deterioration
   -- Heritage Conservation Centre

With that, all the information we have learnt during our guide tour can be recalled with details and photos given in the printed text.

I am glad I did a second visit to Heritage Conservation Centre.  A lot of things changed and more information is available at the Centre since my last visit about 5 year ago. 

In Singapore, like in Internet era, 5 years is a long time...

Heritage Conservation Centre is currently with only 58 full time staff, and I am amazed that they have done so much with so little manpower!

Well done! Staff at Heritage Conservation Centre!

Dexterine Ho Soo Miang
Updated with new photo from LAS facebook on 21 Feb 2013

Eligibility for Professional Development Scheme (PDS) Points:
This activity attracts 46 points under the Industry Knowledge
Development (ID) category - "Study visit to other libraries (local and

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