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Preservation of Monuments Board is established 29th Jan 1971

The Preservation of Monuments Board (PMB) was established on 29 January 1971 following the enactment of the Preservation of Monuments Act. The board is responsible for safeguarding monuments as historical landmarks that provide a link to Singapore’s past. It identifies buildings and structures of historical, cultural, archaeological, architectural or artistic interest, and recommends them for preservation as national monuments. PMB’s functions also include the documentation and dissemination of information on these monuments; promotion of public interest in monuments; and provision of guidelines and support on the preservation, conservation and restoration of monuments.[1]

National monuments can be religious, civic, cultural or commercial buildings. The first monuments that were gazetted by the PMB on 6 July 1973 included the old Thong Chai Medical Institution, Armenian Church, St Andrew’s Cathedral, Telok Ayer Market (Lau Pa Sat), Thian Hock Keng Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Hajjah Fatimah Mosque and the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.[2]

From its establishment in January 1971 to 31 March 1997, the PMB was a statutory board under the aegis of the Ministry of National Development. On 1 April 1997, it was transferred to the then Ministry of Information and the Arts (now Ministry of Communications and Information)[3] before merging with the National Heritage Board on 1 July 2009.[4] On 1 July 2013 the PMB was renamed the Preservation of Sites and Monuments and made a division of the National Heritage Board.  This better reflects its role in the preservation of sites, in addition to buildings and monuments, as mandated in the Preservation of Monuments Act.[5]

References
1. Republic of Singapore. Government Gazette. Acts Supplement. (1970, December 11). The Preservation of Monuments Act 1970 (Act 45 of 1971, pp. 481–490). Singapore: Government Printing Office. Call no.: RSING 348.5957 SGGAS; Republic of Singapore. Government Gazette. Subsidiary Legislation Supplement. (1971, January 29). The Preservation of Monuments Act (Commencement) Notification (S 29/1971, p. 380). Singapore: Government Printing Office. Call no.: RSING 348.5957 SGGSLS; National Heritage Board. (2013). About preservation of sites & monuments. Retrieved August 5, 2014, from National Heritage Board website: http://www.nhb.gov.sg/NHBPortal/AboutUs/OurFamily/PreservationofSitesandMonuments/AboutPSM/AboutPreservationofSitesandMonuments
2. Republic of Singapore. Government Gazette. Subsidiary Legislation Supplement. (1973, July 6). The Preservation of Monuments Order 1973 (S228/1973, p. 377). Singapore: Government Printing Office. Call no.: RSING 348.5957 SGGSLS
3. Ministry of Information and the Arts. (1997, March 29). Transfer of Preservation of Monuments Board from the Ministry of National Development to the Ministry of Information and the Arts [Press release]. Retrieved August 5, 2014, from the National Archives of Singapore website:  http://www.nas.gov.sg/archivesonline/
4. Republic of Singapore. Government Gazette. Acts Supplement. (2009, June 12). Preservation of Monuments Act 2009 (Act 16 of 2009, pp. 731–679). Singapore: Government Printing Office. Call no.: RSING 348.5957 SGGAS; Republic of Singapore. Government Gazette. Subsidiary Legislation Supplement. (2009, June 12). Preservation of Monuments Act (Commencement) Notification (S 259/2009, p. 1207). Singapore: Government Printing Office. Call no.: RSING 348.5957 SGGSLS
5. National Heritage Board, 2013.

 

The information in this article is valid as at 2014 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

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