How can I get involved more personally in the Singapore Memory Project (SMP)?
By joining our Memory Corps, you’ll be an ambassador of SMP, spreading the word and helping to collect and document the memories of Singaporeans to preserve for future generations!
As our volunteer, you can pursue any of the following tracks:
- Interviewers and documenters: This is the bread and butter of the work that SMP volunteers do. You will sniff out content and story leads, conduct interviews and write engaging entries for our blog and portal. You will be schooled in the art of conducting interviews and must enjoy writing on a broad range of topics. You will have the opportunity to interview and document the memories of interesting or prominent personalities, pioneer generations of Singapore, even your own friends and family or anyone with a story to tell about Singapore.
- Support for SMP outreach events: Being a nationwide project, SMP often organises outreach events or initiatives to document memories of Singapore. These events often need support from our volunteers to help out as roving reporters or to man memory booths. You should ideally be an enthusiastic and outgoing individual – an open mind and willingness to get your hands a little dirty are musts.
- Trainers and mentors: As a trainer/mentor, you should have prior experience as writer/documenter & interviewer and have been contributing a significant number of articles and posts for the Project. Our trainers/mentors help us recruit new volunteers, show them the ropes and conduct training workshops for special projects where needed.
I am a community leader/ teacher, how can I bring the Singapore Memory Project to my community / classroom?
We have developed a basic set of Memory Kits as instructional materials for educators and students to bring to their classroom. We are also in touch with many resident committees, town councils and community development councils to tap into the grassroots for community initiatives.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can bring the Singapore Memory Project to your classroom / community, contact us at irememberSG@nlb.gov.sg
I’m really busy, are there other ways I can help?
You can help us by contributing your personal memories at the SingaporeMemory.sg portal. Every submission counts towards the goal of collecting a representative set of Singaporean memories by 2015. Think of it as a big birthday present to Singapore, which turns 50 on 2015.
If you’re a blogger, do also consider pledging your blog to us.