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Singapore's collection of Southeast Asian animals one of the world's largest dates back to the old Raffles Museum, officially established in 1878. With the opening of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in 2015, the original Raffles Museum has 'reincarnated' and the loop on its remarkable 127-year history has closed.
Beneath the sleek exterior of today's modern museum building lies a saga of titanic struggles and changes. That the collections survived at all through the multiple challenges of the nineteenth century, the disruption of World War Two, and its potential disintegration in the face of Singapore's modernization is nothing short of miraculous. This book is not only an institutional history of the museum but also tells the story of frustrations, commitment and courage of the numerous individuals who battled officialdom, innovated endlessly and overcame the odds to protect Singapore's natural history heritage.
The book features 108 historical photographs and natural history illustrations printed in full colour throughout.
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Kevin Y. L. Tan was born and educated in Singapore. He graduated with LLB (Hons) from the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1986 and obtained his LLM (Master of Laws) and JSD (Doctor in the Science of Law) at Yale Law School. From 1986 to 2000, he taught full-time at the Law Faculty at NUS before starting his own consultancy in 2000. He specialises in constitutional and administrative law, legal history, human rights and the Singapore legal system and holds Adjunct Professorships at both the Faculty of Law, NUS and at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. He has written and edited over 30 books on the law, history and politics of Singapore.
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Book Description NUS Press, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M9971698552