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The Former Ford factory was a Ford Motors' assembly plant where the British surrendered Singapore to the Japanese. It now is home to an exhibition that charts Singapore's descent into war, the three gruesome years of Japanese control on Singapore and its journey to independence. The exhibition has its way of conveying this grave story through audio-interviews, reels, clippings, photographs, diaries and distressing personal accounts. The Ford Motor Company established at Anson Road was moved to its new state of the art factory at Upper Bukit Timah Road. This national monument became Ford's first motor car assembly plant in Southeast Asia which was later taken over by Royal Airforce during Malayan. National Archives-Singapore restored the Former Ford Factory and now houses a permanent exhibition of World War II and its legacies.
The old factory is now popular among visitors who are more inclined towards history and politics. It hosts a permanent exhibition presented by the National Archives of Singapore, which is focused on the events and memories of British Surrender. The Factory houses maps and booklets that contain annotated photographs from the time of the British colonisation. There are volunteer-guided tours available that give detailed and comprehensive information of the historical and political relationships between Japan and Britain.
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