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NHB and British Museum sign MOU to intensify cooperation, exchanges

One of the first resulting collaborations could be an exhibition of British Museum treasures in Singapore next year, just in time for the Jubilee celebrations. 

LONDON: The British Museum and Singapore’s National Heritage Board (NHB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday (Sep 2) to intensify cultural cooperation and exchanges between both institutions. One of the first resulting collaborations could be a special exhibition of the British Museum's treasures at the National Museum of Singapore next year.

The MOU is a first for both institutions, and spans five years. According to the areas of interest identified in the agreement, collaborations may include joint research projects, exhibitions, curatorial and staff exchanges, and exchanges of information about museum collections and practice.

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, who witnessed the signing by NHB CEO Rosa Daniel and British Museum Director Neil MacGregor, called the MOU an important milestone for Singapore’s museum and heritage scene. “It signifies the mutual commitment of both institutions towards increasing mutual appreciation of our past and heritage in an increasingly interconnected world.”

The 2015 National Museum exhibition of British Museum treasures will include items from various world cultures, with artifacts from prehistory right up to the 20th century. The display, planned for Dec 2015, would be a "wonderful way" to wrap up SG50 celebrations, wrote Mr Wong on Facebook. 

He also posted that he was "very proud" of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s debut performance at the 120th BBC Proms on Tuesday night. "Even though SSO conductor Lan Shui was not feeling well, he persevered to the end, and led the orchestra to a superb performance. The SSO received a very positive reception, and there were even people in the audience flying the Singapore flag," he wrote.

He added that someone told him its was the "best orchestral performance so far at the Proms this year".