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08 November 2019East Surrey Area Special Interest morning - Sir Stamford Raffles - Art Collector & Discoverer of Singapore
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East Surrey Area Special Interest morning -
Sir Stamford Raffles - Art Collector & Discoverer of Singapore
Denise Heywood Friday 08 November 2019

Sir Stamford Raffles, his surname more closely linked with a luxury hotel rather than what is regarded as the greatest Buddhist temple in the world, Borobudur, was the enlightened colonial administrator of Java. In 1814, he discovered the 8th century temple hidden under volcanic ash, acquired wondrous artefacts from Indonesia such as shadow puppets, sculptures and textiles, now in the British Museum, and founded Singapore, the most important port in the East. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Singapore.

This Special Interest Morning tells the story of Raffles, a scholar and polymath. It reveals mystical Borobudur and its radiant narrative carvings, shows the architectural heritage of Singapore, inspired by his vision, with botanical gardens, historic shophouses and Victorian architecture. It concludes with Raffles’ return to London and reflects on his legacy.

Lecturer: Denise Heywood is an art historian, author, lecturer, photographer and journalist. She worked in Cambodia for three years in the 1990s and has been a scholar of Southeast Asian art ever since. Her books include Ancient Luang Prabang, also in French, and another on Cambodian Dance Celebration of the Gods, with a foreword by Princess Buppha Devi, daughter of King Sihanouk.

Now based in London, she is a lecturer for The Arts Society, The Art Fund and The School of Oriental and African Studies. She has lectured all over Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, South Africa and Europe at universities, colleges, schools, travel societies and art institutions ranging from The Courtauld Institute to The British Museum, The National Trust and The Royal Geographical Society.

She writes for many art, literary and travel publications, has appeared on television and radio, leads art tours to Southeast Asia and Europe and lectures on cruise ships.

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