Raffles Institution

Raffles Archives & Museum

    RAM records, preserves and highlights the school’s illustrious past. Items on display include artifacts from school life in the past, as well as records of the numerous achievements of Rafflesians past and present.

    The RI Museum was established in 1962 at the initiative of Miss C David and Mr P K Hernon with a group of biology students to cater to those interested in natural history.

    The first Raffles Institution Archives & Museum was opened by then Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew on 25th March 1994 with the purpose of preserving and showcasing the proud heritage of Raffles Institution. 

    In 2007, as part of the larger upgrading and renovation of the school, the Archives & Museum moved to a second venue located behind the Y1-4 Atrium, and was launched by the then Senior Minister of State K. Shanmugam on 24 May 2008.

    The Raffles Archives and Museum’s move to its third and present home was marked with a visit by Professor Tommy Koh on 25th July 2015. The Archives & Museum’s current premises was made possible with the generous support of Mrs Looi Eng San née Mdm Gertrude Marsh.

    Achievements and Highlights

    Club Activities & Outreach

    13 January – Participated in Raffles Trail

    19 January – SG50 Becoming Bishan Sharing

    WWII Sharing by Mr Jon Cooper (1)

    17 February – Sharing by Curator Mr Lee Kok Leong

    WWII Sharing by Mr Jon Cooper (2)

    31 March – Visit to Singapore Sports Museum

    Organised Quiz for participants for Raffles Science Olympiad

    21 April – Hosting Peace Boat Hibakusha Project (collaboration with RI Humanities Club) to conduct small group authentic sharing with survivors from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    22 July – Participated in 194th Founder’s Day Panel Discussion on ‘The Next Big Thing’

    8 August – Tour of ‘Life is the Heart of a Rainbow’, an exhibition featuring the works of artist Yayoi Kusama at National Gallery Singapore

    Organised Annual Camp in October and November with Out-Reach with schools such as Raffles Girls’ School, Amazing Race and Curation workshop

    Docent Services

    13 February – Docent to His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, at Raffles Ambassador Series

    25 April – Docent to Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Ministry for Defence Mr Ong Ye Kung

    20 May – Raffles Institution Open House

    22 July – Raffles Institution 194th Founder’s Day: Hosted many local and international guests visiting RI

    October 2017 – Provided Docent Training to Bendemeer Primary School Students


    Oral History Collection Efforts

    Six teams took part in the National Museum Singapore (NMS) War Stories Project Interviews to war survivors to capture their memories of the war years to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore to the Japanese

    Two teams were selected to showcase their work during at the exhibition War Stories: World War Two in Singapore and the Pacific at National Museum Singapore

    EXCO 2016/17 conducted oral history interviews and published a book, 'Against Time and Tide- A Story of War and Friendship'

    Teachers in charge

    Mrs Cheryl Yap, HOD / Archives and Museum

    Mrs Yak Sheau Yang



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