Saturday, 20 April 2013

Heritage Walking Tour Series | Neil Road Heritage Trail

View of The Jinricksha Building at the junction of Tanjong Pagar and Neil Road in 1965
Date: Saturday, 20 April 2013
Time: 1 – 3.30pm

Tour fee: $16 (for NUS students), $25 (NUS staff and general public)
Limited to 15 pax. To register, email babahouse@nus.edu.sg or call 6227-5731
Please make payment by 10 April 2013 at NUS Museum upon receiving confirmation email.
* Details on directions and meeting point will be sent upon confirmation and payment.                  

The walking tour introduces the neighbourhoods gazetted as the Tanjong Pagar Historic District and the Blair Plain Historic Residential District. We will start off at the URA Centre with an overview of the origins of Building Conservation in Singapore. Walking along Neil Road, we will find out about the communities that occupied the area in the past, the background to URA’s conservation programme for the area, and observe current activities and developments in the vicinity. Walking along Neil Road, several examples of past and current conservation efforts as well as issues will be introduced for discussion. 
The walk concludes with a visit to the Baba House. Owned by a Straits Chinese family for almost a century, it is now a heritage house and offers the experience of ‘stepping back into the late 1920s’ for a visit to the family home. This combined tour of the wider neighbourhood and house gives an insight into the life of one family and the wider society, and a sense of its members’ surroundings and daily encounters as residents in this area.

Tour Leader
Kelvin Ang is the Director of Conservation Department (Conservation Management), of the Conservation & Development Services, Conservation Department of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore.  URA is Singapore’s national planning authority, tasked with the mission to plan and facilitate the physical development of Singapore, making it a great city to live, work and play in.
Mr Ang recently completed his MSc. in Sustainable Heritage at the Bartlett Graduate School, UCL, on a post-graduate scholarship from the URA. He has a decade of experience in both architecture and conservation planning. Together with other government agencies and the private sector, he has advised on the restoration of many national significant buildings to their former glory. He also played a key role in the recent restoration of one of Singapore’s last intact 19th Century residences, at 157 Neil Road, for the National University of Singapore. Since his return from his Masters course, he is now overseeing a new team that will be expanding the scope of the Department’s work to focus on the management of conserved buildings, education, outreach and promotion of Singapore’s built heritage.

Heritage Walking Tour Series
The Heritage Walking Tour Series presents one with a chance to re-encounter sites and their significance to Singapore's complex urban heritage. Guided by researchers and academics, these tours take the participants through the layers urban change, introducing aspects of history, architecture and society. Whether you are a Singaporean, permanent resident or in town for a day, you will enjoy the experience and often the untold stories behind the streets, back alleys and landmarks of Singapore.

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