No 1.30pm Battlebox tours for 12 and 13 May only

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This Thursday and Friday (12 and 13 May), the regular 1.30pm slot for The Story of Strategy & Surrender tour will be closed.

This is to allow a significant number of tour groups to visit the Battlebox.

The Battlebox will be open for all other regular tour slots on both days. That means business as usual for the 9.45am, 11am, 2.45pm and 4pm tours.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and also for the short notice.

No regular Battlebox tours for the morning of 25 May only

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The Battlebox will be closed to regular The Story of Strategy & Surrender tours on the morning of Wednesday, 25 May.

That means the usual 9.45am and 11am tours will not take place.

This is to allow school groups to visit the Battlebox en-masse.

The Battlebox will be open again to regular tours in the afternoon, for the usual 1.30pm, 2.45pm and 4pm tours.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Educating the next generation on our history is one of our sacred duties, and that is what we will be doing on the morning of 25 May!

Anzac Day

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To our friends from Australia and New Zealand – have a blessed Anzac Day.

May the sacrifices of all men and women in war never be forgotten.

Anzac Day (25 April) is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand to commemorate all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

25 April is the date of the start of the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign in 1915 during the First World War, in what is now northwest Turkey. The campaign saw the deaths of more than 8,700 Australians and 2,700 New Zealanders, and marked the birth of national consciousness in Australia and New Zealand.

Lest we forget…

The Battlebox will still open on Labour Day

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For Singapore, 1 May (Sunday) is a public holiday – Labour Day. Since the public holiday is a Sunday, the following day, 2 May (Monday), is also a public holiday.

For both days, the Battlebox and Visitor Centre will be OPEN for business as usual, with five tour slots on Sunday, and three slots on Monday, as per normal. Please come and visit us!

However, for the 2.5-hour Of Graves, Guns & Battles tour, it will NOT be held on 2 May (Monday). This tour will resume on 5 May (Thursday).

Cheers!

Call for research material

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We are constantly working hard to improve the Battlebox experience and acquire fresh artefacts, archival material and wartime oral accounts, in order to attain more information about the Battlebox during WWII, and also to better tell the story of how and why Singapore fell in 1942.

If you have anything to contribute or share with us, be it original artefacts, old documents or wartime experiences, please email the Battlebox research team at eisen@shc.com.sg.

Thank you very much!

The Battlebox will reopen in phases

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Welcome to the Battlebox!

After closing for a couple of years for renovations and infrastructural works, the Battlebox reopened with a soft launch on 13 February 2016.

In Phase 1 of reopening, the bunker will be open for English-language guided tours by a team of professional docents.

The official launch of the Battlebox will take place on 28 June 2016. More details will be revealed at a later time.

After that, Phase 2 of the reopening of the Battlebox will kick in, allowing the admission of free-and-easy visitors together with multimedia guides. We will also progressively install more exhibits and artefacts.

Phase 3, around the end of the year or in early 2017, will see us introducing 3D and 4D experiences depicting air, land and sea battles over Malaya and Singapore.

It’s an exciting time to work at the Battlebox!

 

Getting it right: Our TripAdvisor page

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The Battlebox’s TripAdvisor page has been receiving very good reviews so far – and we have YOU to thank for all your kind words of support and encouragement so far!

Please note, however, that our page’s name is “Battlebox” – ONE word. There is another TripAdvisor page out there with the name “Battle Box” – two words – and that is NOT the correct page, run by us. Please do not leave reviews or feedback there.

Thank you!

 

An FAQ in 60 seconds

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The Battlebox is a former WWII-era underground command centre inside Fort Canning Hill, a hill in the heart of Singapore City.

It was there that the British made the decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942.

Today, the Singapore History Consultants organises daily guided tours into the Battlebox to 1) relive the strategies and battles that led to the decision to surrender; 2) show you how a WWII underground command centre functioned in the past.

See below for more information on the tours, and how to get tickets. Thank you and have a great time reliving history in the Battlebox!