Singapore Memory Project (SMP) has come a long way from humble beginnings; it started out in 2011 to collect precious old memories related to Singapore; and has risen to where a platform is created for ‘missions’ and 'accomplishments' posted by not merely from individual Singaporeans, but also organisations, associations, companies and groups. That's the good thing where we are at this point in time.
These projects could not exist without their active participation. In these projects, the goal of contribution is to generate a body of work that is useful and meaningful. Such projects are necessary because contributors generate data or research. Other necessary projects create new content to explore. These projects respected SMP memory corps' creative abilities and provided engaging activities and platforms for their contributions.
As most of you know that I am actually a freelance travel photographer. I travel quite often for adhoc photojournalism work but i've also started to explore local history in the recent years, mainly because i would like very much to contribute some back to my own country. So being a memory corp of SMP does help me in some way to achieve that purpose through my photography work.
There are aplenty of great contributors who have helped to collect wonderful old memories of Singapore by far that i know of. I believe finding out what you are passionate about and what area of research you would enjoy pursuing is the first step to a successful reseach experience. It takes some determination and preservance to find your own calling.
Participants often feel a high level of ownership and pride when their participation is tied to the project’s success. This pride doesn’t have to be individual; many contributory projects support a sense of shared ownership and community. Anyone who comes could participate, and it makes people feel like they’re a part of things.
That's the part which i personally think SMP is successful in their mission work to inspire and motivate people (including myself) to share their great memories and documentation work so far.
Thank you so much to the SMP team for the great work!
At the Singapore Memory Project Appreciation Night 2015, I had the pleasure of taking photographs with the SMP team that includes Mr Gene Tan (a legendary innovative librarian), Director for Engagement at National Library Board. Entertainment artist, Mr Edmund Chen（陈之才）made an appearance at the event to show his support too.
My short story on "SMP Appreciation Night 2015 - Memory Makers Night" got featured in National Library Board, Singapore Memory Project Newsletter Issue 04! Special thanks to the SMP team!