Raffles revealed in his collection

New exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum delves into the Briton's role in South-east Asia through more than 150 items he collected

Portrait of Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles. PHOTOS: BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD, COURTESY OF ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM, COURTESY OF NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE, DR FARISH A. NOOR, MUSEUM NASIONAL INDONESIA, STICHTING NATIONAAL MUSEUM VAN WERELDCULTU
Portrait of Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles. PHOTOS: BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD, COURTESY OF ASIAN CIVILISATIONS MUSEUM, COURTESY OF NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE, DR FARISH A. NOOR, MUSEUM NASIONAL INDONESIA, STICHTING NATIONAAL MUSEUM VAN WERELDCULTUREN, THE HISTORY OF JAVA, THE TRUSTEES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM

He came. He saw. He collected.

And 158 items from Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles' collection can now be seen at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 05, 2019, with the headline 'Raffles revealed in his collection'. Subscribe