Bute Collection letters on display in Singapore

Letters written by the founder of modern Singapore and held in the Bute Collection at Mount Stuart have gone on display at an exhibition at the city state’s national library.

The 13 letters written by Sir Stamford Raffles are on public display at the ‘Raffles Letters: Intrigues Behind the Founding of Singapore’ exhibition.

Never seen in public before, the letters reveal the personal insights and ideals of Raffles as he sought to secure the future of a British settlement in Singapore in the face of threats from the Dutch and resistance from his own countrymen.

Organised by the National Library of Singapore in collaboration with the Singapore Heritage Society, Mount Stuart Trust and Dr John Bastin, the leading scholar on Raffles, the exhibition also features artefacts drawn from various collections. These include the Bute Collection, the Tang Holdings collection, the Antiques of the Orient Collection, the Lim Chen Sian Collection and the National Library of Singapore collection.

Mrs Elaine Ng, chief executive of the National Library Board in Singapore, said: “Many of us in Singapore would have learnt about Raffles through our history books.

“Through this exhibition, visitors will learn how a man synonymous with the founding of modern Singapore made history through his foresight, determination and perseverance.”

Readers of www.buteman.co.uk who might find themselves in Singapore can find the exhibition on Level 10 of the National Library Building from 10am to 9pm daily (except public holidays) until February 28, 2013.