Tanjong Katong Girls’ School (2020)

Building Treasure Troves

Heritage galleries are designed to be more permanent in nature and replete with installations and exhibits fabricated to stand the test of time. Curators design and write compelling content to capture the spirit and history of the organisation in question and fill displays with rich information including ephemera and snippets from other collections.

Established in 1953, Tanjong Katong Girls’ School (TKGS) was the first English secondary school for girls set up by the Singaporean government after World War II. Its roots can be traced back even further to a colonial educational policy first mooted in 1946 which sought to better meet the educational needs of the country and its diverse populace, by for instance, establishing English medium schools.

My Community has worked with TKGS to conceptualise and tailor-make a permanent gallery honouring its long legacy of nurturing female leaders. Designed to reflect the green of its iconic uniform, the gallery will walk viewers through the school’s storied history and showcase the intangible values and heritage of the TKGS family as gleaned from participatory sessions conducted with members of the school community.