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NUS Libraries Digital Scholarship (DS) Projects


Perceptions of Singapore's Built Heritage and Landmarks

By Natalie Pang, Seah Chia Shih Paveena, Wong Kwang Lin & Digital Scholarship, NUS Libraries (2019)


The Study on the Perceptions of Singapore’s Built Heritage and Landmarks seeks to understand public opinion towards built heritage in Singapore, drawing on an opinion poll of 53 heritage sites. Given that scholarly and policy-centred discussions of heritage value and conservation are usually centred on the perspectives of experts, this report focuses on how average Singaporeans perceive the meaning, purpose and value of built heritage, and how these perceptions influence the sense of national identity.

From July to August 2018, 1,515 respondents were interviewed on their attitudes towards the 53 heritage sites, as well as their views on heritage and national identity more generally. For each of the sites, respondents indicated whether they were aware of the sites, and if so, how they rated the sites in terms of four domains: knowledge, memories, physical appeal and importance. These domains were derived from the previous phase of this study, where focus group discussions were conducted to understand what characteristics people considered in their evaluations of heritage sites.

The Digital Scholarship Team made use of the respondents’ ranking and responses across the four domains to create an interactive map and web exhibit using the Digital Scholarship Portal. You can browse and click on the different heritage sites on the maps to learn more about the landmark as well as the breakdown of how different age groups perceived the respective heritage site.

To browse the visualisations and project, click here.

Read more about this project at our library blogpost here.

Read more about the study and the report from the IPS Social Lab website here.