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The WEATHER on WEDNESDAY (2 Apr 2003): Slightly hazy. Showers with thunder in the late morning and afternoon over many areas.  WEATHER OUTLOOK:  THURSDAY: Late morning and afternoon showers with thunder expected. FRIDAY: Morning showers with thunder expected.     WATER TIDES (this month)  SUN Sunrise  7.05am    Sunset  7.13pm   MOON  Moonrise  7.22am   Moonset  7.42pm    PSI: 41 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 24-33 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 6542 7788.

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Singapore History Museum to close for extensive redevelopment


The Singapore History Museum in Stamford Road will be closed from 28 April 2003 for an extensive redevelopment project first conceived in the 1990s. When the museum opens again in 2006, the new SHM will be two and a half times its current size.

The original historical architecture of the building will be preserved and an extension block, occupying the grounds of the former Drama Centre, will be built behind the existing building. New facilities, such as a lecture theatre, education and resource centre, as well as cafes, restaurants and a museum shop will be incorporated into the museum to bring history closer to people and to make history part of everyone's lifestyle.

In the interim period, there will be a new exhibition named Rivertales at the Riverside Point. However, this exhibition is not a substitute for a full-scale museum. Rivertales, which will be launched on 8 Aug 2003, will have a forensic room where visitors will be given clues with which to explore the exhibition and learn more about the history of the Singapore River.

The ancient history of Singapore will be showcased in the Royal Hill section where artefacts recovered from archaeological sites in Singapore, such as Fort Canning Hill, the Parliament House Complex and the Empress Place, will be on display. These include fragments from foreign goods such as Chinese ceramics which were brought here by traders, and locally-produced items such as earthenware and metal implements.

One of the highlights of Rivertales will be a recreation of an early 20th century John Little & Co Ltd shop window. Established in 1842, the retail store was one of the most prestigious in Singapore and was located in Raffles Place (Commercial Square until 1858) - the commercial heart of colonial Singapore. Apart from learning about the store as a popular European hang-out and as a meeting place for Indian merchants and brokers from nearby Market Street and Malacca Street for tea and business, visitors can also take a peek into the lifestyles and tastes of the affluent of early Singapore.

Singapore History Museum's new temporary address is 30 Merchant Road, #03-09/17, Riverside Point, Singapore 058282. Tel: (65) 6332 3659 Fax: (65) 6332 3587. For enquiries, please contact the Public Affairs Department at 6332 5642 / 6332 3251.


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2 April 2003

Wednesday's News


Education Minister TEO Chee Hean has ordered Ngee Ann Polytechnic to be shut down for three days from today as a 20-year-old student whose mother died at the National University Hospital (NUH) on Monday might have SARS. (1)

A young serial robber had his jail term increased from 9½ years to 14 years on appeal. Secondary school dropout Jerrick CHEN Weixiong, 17, will also receive 24 strokes of the cane. CHEN had chalked up 45 offences in just a few months. He went around with accomplices robbing school children of their mobile phones and bashing them up if they did not give them up easily. (H2)


Hong Kong: Cantopop idol Leslie CHEUNG, 46, fell to his death from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Central District yesterday evening. He was rushed by ambulance to Queen Mary Hospital where he was certified dead at 7.06am. CHEUNG left a note which spoke of "affairs of the heart". (1,A1)


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