|Showcasing four decades of community development milestones, the Grassroots Heritage Centre traces the growth of the People's Association and its grassroots organisations through historical accounts, pictures, audio reels, exhibits and artefacts. The centre also features a mock up of a 60s community centre.
Take a walk down memory lane and experience PAssionate nation-building by the GROs spanning four decades.
The Grassroots Heritage Centre was set up by National Community Leadership Institute of the People's Association's (PA), and officially opened on 4th October 2003. The Grassroots Heritage Centre, along with the cluster of buildings surrounding the NACLI Central, was once the Buona Vista Community Centre built by the British colonial authorities in the 1950s.
The buildings were later converted into a regional maternity and dental clinic complete with quarters to house its nurses. The area was further redeveloped and on 5 October 1964, the Buona Vista Youth Leadership Training Centre was officially opened by Dr Goh Keng Swee, Singapore's former Deputy Prime Minister and then Minister for Finance and Deputy Chairman of the People's Association. Since then, throughout the history of this Institute the building has been used as a lecture hall before being converted into the Grassroots Heritage Centre in October 2003.
Since its humble beginnings in the 1960s, the PA and the Grassroots Organisations (GROs) have indeed come a long way, from the spartan Community Centres (CCs) of yesteryear to the up-market community buildings of today. The GRO's contribution to community development, cutting across racial and religious divide, is second to none. These developments are captured in the wide array of artefacts found in the GHC.
For organised visits, please contact the Heritage Officer at 6672 5218 .