The Raffles Archives & Museum blog page or RAMpage in short, is created to capture the rich history of the school and as a strategy for the current and past students to re-experience the school’s history through a social media platform.

Brief history of the Raffles Archives & Museum

The Raffles Archives & Museum honours the rich 198-year history of Raffles Institution.

The RI Museum was established in 1962 at the initiative of Miss C David and Mr P K Hernon with a group of biology students to cater to those interested in natural history.

In 1990, after RI moved from Grange Road to its current Bishan campus, the need to know about RI’s past became more pressing, as new generations of pupils lost touch with the history of the school and its glorious past. Hence, the first Raffles Institution Archives & Museum was opened by then Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew on 25th March 1994 with the purpose of preserving and showcasing the proud heritage of Raffles Institution. As custodians of RI’s rich history, the Raffles Archives and Museum records, preserves and highlights the school’s illustrious past. Items on display include artifacts from school life in the past, as well as records of the numerous achievements of Rafflesians past and present.

In 2007, as part of the larger upgrading and renovation of the school, the Archives & Museum moved  to a second venue located behind the Y1-4 Atrium, and was launched by the then Senior Minister of State K. Shanmugam on 24 May 2008.

The Raffles Archives and Museum’s move to its third and present home was marked with a visit by Professor Tommy Koh on 25th July 2015. The Archives & Museum’s current premises was made possible with the generous support of Mrs Looi Eng San nee Mdm Gertrude Marsh.


Main entrance of the current Raffles Archives & Museum which started operation on 4th April 2014.

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Photos of the interior of the Archives & Museum

L-R: Principal Chan Poh Meng, Prof Tommy Koh, BoG Chair Mr Choo Chiau Beng, BoG Member Mr Zainal Abidin and ORA Chairman Mr Andrew Chua at the Time-Capsule sealing event to commemorate 192 Founder’s Day, 2015 Homecoming, as well as the relocation of the Archives & Museum, on 25 July 2015.

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