Image: Third Charter of Justice, 1855. This document affirmed the reception of English law in Singapore and provided the settlement with its own professional judge (then known as a Recorder).
Organised by the National Archives of Singapore (NAS) and the National Library Board (NLB), this exhibition explores the history of Singapore’s constitutional development from a British settlement in 1819 to its emergence as a sovereign republic in 1965. It presents a selection of 23 rare documents from the NAS and NLB's collections, each capturing a key moment in Singapore's legal history and journey to independence.
All tours are free for admission ticket holders and conducted in English. For more information, please visit our tours page.
• Insight Tour: Law of the Land Every 4th Friday | 6.30–7.15pm
Join our curator-led Insights Tours to explore the history and development of Singapore’s constitution from Singapore’s founding as a British settlement in 1819 to its emergence as a sovereign republic in 1965. Registration on the NLB website is also required. Please register here.
• Highlights of Law of the Land Every 1st & 3rd Sat | 4.30–5.30pm
Explore the highlights on Law of the Land exhibition by joining the docent-led tour. To reserve a slot, please register at least 20 minutes before the tour starts at the Daily Tours Desk on Level B1.
Law of the Land: Highlights of Singapore's Constitutional Documents