Exhibition tracing evolution of Punggol over the years to be held at Punggol Regional Library from Apr 5

The interactive installation features more than 50 memories of historical Punggol.

Maisy Phua

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Published: 3 April 2023, 5:26 PM

Punggol Regional Library’s upcoming Punggol Stories exhibition will feature stories and history unique to the area.

The exhibition is part of the Punggol Stories trail and will be the inaugural event held at the new permanent exhibition space on level four of the library called the Singaporium. The space will open on Wednesday (Apr 5), along with the third to fifth levels of the library.

The exhibition is split into four sections – Punggol Pioneers, Seaside Solace, Farm to Fable and Winding Waterways – presenting the stories in an interactive way. 


In line with the national Forward SG movement, the exhibition aims to bring Singaporeans together through the sharing of collective stories, enabling a deeper appreciation of Singaporean heritage and identity. PHOTO CREDIT: THE NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD


Punggol Pioneers features the start of early Punggol, from its first kampongs and plantations in the mid 1800s, to the communities that made it their home.

Seaside Solace celebrates the leisure activities that drew people to Punggol, especially the seafood and water sports scenes that blossomed in the 1960s.

Farm to Fable pays tribute to Punggol’s agricultural heritage, notably as the primary site of Singapore’s industrialised pig farms in the 1970s and 1980s.

Winding Waterways charts the ebb and flow of Punggol’s development, connecting it to the present day.

A highlight of the exhibition is the Memory Map, an interactive installation that features more than 50 memories of historical Punggol. The memories were gathered from the National Archives of Singapore’s oral history collection, as well as corporate and individual contributors.

Also a part of the Punggol Stories trail is another exhibition on the library’s third floor opening on the same day.

Called The Lens of Literature, the exhibition located in the Sing Lit section is a multimedia interactive showcase of curated poems, novels and short story excerpts by Singaporean writers in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Visitors can also look forward to creating their own Singaporean Literature through a poetry generator.

The first two floors of the library were opened to the public on Jan 30, featuring the Toy Library, a section on level one suitable for children aged six years and below and the Artease cafe on level two that offers mains, snacks, desserts, and beverages.


Also found on both floors are wheelchair-accessible Book Borrowing Stations, with increased font size and colour contrast on its interface to increase accessibility for wheelchair users and persons with partial vision loss, including seniors. PHOTO CREDIT: THE NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD


The first floor of the library also boasts an Accessible Collection with books for the disability community as well as their caregivers. It features 3,000 English books for children and adults with disabilities, their caregivers and their communities.

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