Death is a seldom talked about subject but six groups of students from the History Division hope to inspire you to look at death from various angles.

The students, led by A/P Chen Song-Chuan, spent some time last year filming short documentaries on the topic of death in fulfilment of a course requirement for H4014: A Global History of Death.


The result of their efforts is a mini exhibition at HSS Library which showcases six films as follows:

Collecting the Pink Card: Roland Tay’s Charitable Funeral Services –
Learn more about Mr Roland Tay, a philanthropic undertaker, and his reasons for providing pro-bono funeral services to hundreds of needy people.

The Burning Question about a Dying Practice –
The film looks at the practice of burning joss papers in Singapore, the issues surrounding it, and how it may continue to evolve in the future.

Hindu Death Practices in Contemporary Singapore –
“The documentary explores the gradual changes of Hindu Death Practices in Singapore since the nation’s independence…”

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: The Japanese Cemetery Park –
The Japanese Cemetery Park is the largest Japanese cemetery in Southeast Asia. Be amazed by how aesthetically pleasing the park is and at how “a place of death can also be as far from death at the same time”.

Bukit Brown Volunteers: A Part-time duty, A Full-time commitment, A Life-time dedication –
The government’s decision to construct a highway across the cemetery spurred a group of volunteers to preserve and promote the heritage of Bukit Brown. Find out what drives them.

Living with Cemeteries – The Hakka Cemetery Special –
Learn more about the only Hakka Cemetery left in Singapore and its possible role in the future.

The exhibition has been featured in the HSS News & Events page (link) and will also be featured in the HSS publication titled “Horizons”.

The films can also be viewed here.

Singapore’s Space of the Dead exhibition will end on 31 January 2016.