Why commemorate 1819?

08-31-2019 2:00 PM - 08-31-2019 7:00 PM

This August 31st, 2019 the Adam Smith Center are proud to be partnering with the Tanglin Trust School to host the event “Why commemorate 1819?” 

This event is open to everyone and will have an educational & policy focus. We will be exploring the life history of Sir Stamford Raffles and his relevance to the Singapore Story, the importance of British-Singapore friendship and what it means for us today. If you have been wondering: What’s the fuss about 1819? Why should we care about Stamford Raffles? Why are we ‘celebrating colonialism’? Then this is where you get answers!



  • Daniel Hannan, who is a Member of European Parliament and who authored the best-selling book “How Britain Invented Freedom”. He is a great public speaker and will speak about British history and its impact on the world and its place in the world today.
  • Professor Razeen Sally, who is a political economist from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, researches into the global economy and world trade. He will share about the importance of the Singapore-British economic relationship and what it means today.
  • Bryan Cheang, who is the Founder and Director of the Adam Smith Center. He will go through the life and times of Sir Stamford Raffles and look at how relevant it is to the Singapore story and Singapore identity.


Guests will get the opportunity to interact with the speakers over networking session where food and drinks will be provided. There will also be a book fair being hosted where guests can buy discounted titles.


This event is made possible by our event partners, Tanglin Trust School and the British Chamber of Commerce. Our program will be refined over the next few months and tickets are available here at sgbicentennial.eventbrite.sg.


For further details on the event download the factsheet here


British Chamber members are entitled to a 10% discount on any ticket, simply enter discount code BRITCHAM10 at checkout.


Daniel Hannan, Member of European Parliament
Professor Razeen Sally, Political Economist, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Bryan Cheang, Founder and Director, Adam Smith Center
Venue Name
Tanglin Trust School
Venue Address
MOOT, Nixon Building, Tanglin Trust School