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Stamford Raffles:
Art Collector and Discoverer of Singapore
Denise Heywood Thursday 31 May 2018

Raffles, whose name is synonymous with a luxury hotel rather than the greatest Buddhist temple in the world, was the enlightened colonial administrator of Java, Indonesia. He discovered the 8th century temple of Borobudur, hidden under volcanic ash, in 1804, acquired wondrous artefacts in Java, such as shadow puppets and textiles, now in the British Museum, and founded Singapore, the most important trading port in the East.
This lecture tells the story of Raffles (a scholar and polymath); looks at the art objects he collected; reveals the mystical temple in Java and its radiant carvings; and shows the architectural heritage of Singapore inspired by his vision; and its revival today as innovative art galleries and museums.

Lecturer Denise Heywood is an author, lecturer, photographer and journalist. She worked in Cambodia in the 1990s and has been a scholar of Southeast Asian art ever since. She has lectured all over the world for many academic and art organisations. She has written books on the Buddhist Temples of Laos and on Cambodian dance, writes for many art publications and has appeared on television and radio.