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Indian Heritage Centre to feature 250 artefacts

A family heirloom of an Indian trading family, a silver deity staff from a temple and wartime publications belonging to former Singapore President S R Nathan: These are some of the 250 artefacts loaned and donated to the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC), which is slated to open early next year.

SINGAPORE: A gold necklace which is family heirloom of an Indian trading family, a silver deity staff from a temple and wartime publications belonging to former Singapore President S R Nathan: These are some of the 250 artefacts loaned and donated to the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC), which is slated to open early next year.

Located at the Little India Heritage District, the centre will house small scale museum facilities and programming and educational spaces to offer insights to the public about the “Indian community’s history, heritage and culture”, said the National Heritage Board (NHB) in a statement today (May 20).

Over 40 community lenders and donors from Singapore and overseas have contributed to the IHC’s Artefact Collection Drive, which was launched in June 2011, the IHC said.

“These artefacts highlight the diverse roots of Singapore’s Indian community and showcase the contributions of Singapore’s Indian pioneers towards nation building.”

The artefacts will be displayed in the permanent galleries, which will span across two levels of the four-storey IHC building, it noted.

The IHC added that its opening will also tie in with Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations next year.

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