Q1 How are the events for HistorySG selected?

A1 The HistorySG editorial team, in consultation with a Steering Committee comprising subject experts, selects events based on a set of policies and guidelines that are refined periodically to ensure that user needs are met.

In general, events of national significance are selected – particularly those that have influenced the political, economic, social and cultural development of Singapore. New events and content will be progressively added to the website. Practical considerations such as the availability of information also determine whether an article on a certain event is published


Q2 How are the events in HistorySG organised?

A2 Events in HistorySG are arranged by eras in a chronological manner spanning 1299 to the present. In addition, events are organised by themes and subject categories.

Events are assigned one of the following eras in HistorySG:

  1. Classical Emporium (1299-1599)
  2. Maritime Rivalry (1600-1818)
  3. Colonial Port City (1819-1945)
  4. Political Change (1946-1964)
  5. Nation and Global City (1965-Beyond)

Events are also grouped according to one or more of the following themes:

  1. Politics and Government
  2. Economy
  3. Society
  4. Arts and Culture
  5. Foreign Relations and Defence

Events are also categorised under one or more of the following subject categories:

  1. Arts
  2. Communications
  3. Community and Social Services
  4. Economy
  5. Education
  6. Events
  7. Geography and Travels
  8. Heritage and Culture
  9. Nature and Environment
  10. Organisations
  11. Personalities
  12. Politics and Government
  13. Sports and Recreation
  14. Streets and Places
  15. Transportation


Q3 How do I navigate the website and search for events?

A3 A user can navigate the website by exploring the timeline (five eras), five themes, 15 subject categories or the teasers. You can also retrieve a particular event by entering keyword(s) in the search box. The search engine will retrieve events containing your search terms. To search an exact phrase, place quotation marks around your search terms, for example "Yusof Ishak". You may watch this video demonstration about HistorySG.


Q4 Is content updated on a regular basis?

A4 We strive to ensure that the information for each event is correct at the time of publication, as far as we can ascertain from our sources. We may not be able to update past events regularly. However, when it comes to our attention that the information for an event is inaccurate or no longer valid, we will take corrective action to amend and update the information as soon as possible.


Q5 I wish to cite/re-use the content of an event from HistorySG. Is that permitted?

A5 The copyright of this website is owned by NLB DIGITAL LIBRARY or its licensors. No part or parts hereof may be reproduced, distributed, adapted, modified, republished, displayed, broadcast, hyperlinked, framed or transmitted in any manner or by any means or stored in an information retrieval system without the prior written permission of NLB DIGITAL LIBRARY. However, you may download and print the Materials on this website for personal, non-commercial use only provided you do not modify the Materials and that you retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the Materials. You also may not, without the permission of NLB DIGITAL LIBRARY, insert a hyperlink to this website on any other website or "mirror" any Material contained on this website on any other server.

To request permission, please send an email with details of your request to: ref@nlb.gov.sg.

More information on our terms of use may be found at: http://www.nlb.gov.sg/TermsofUse.aspx


Q6 How can I give feedback?

A6 If you notice any inaccurate or outdated information in HistorySG, you may bring it to our attention by sending an email to Reference Point (ref@nlb.gov.sg) or by sending us your feedback via the online enquiry form.