SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Heidi Tan

MA Art & Archaeology (SOAS)
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Heidi Tan
Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Ms Heidi Tan
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Thesis title:
Curating the Sacred: Pagoda Museums in Myanmar
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PhD Research

Working through comparative museology, this research to studies the context of the 'pagoda museum' in Myanmar. The activities of these institutions - essentially lay Buddhist forms of merit-making – and how these might constitute ‘curatorial’ behaviours, provides a basis for current fieldwork.


Published works include

  • Enlightened Ways. The Many Streams of Buddhist Art in Thailand, Singapore: Asian Civilisations Museum, 2012. A
  • rticles on exhibiting Southeast Asian Buddhist art and the evolving pagoda museum in Myanmar at


  • Convenor: "Curating Southeast Asia" ASEASUK, 16-18 Sept. 2016 "
  • Curating the lives of the Alodawpyi Buddha" in Myanmar. UKABS, 19 Sept. 2016


  • Alphawood Foundation



  • Introduction to the Art and Archaeology of South and Southeast Asia (2015)
  • Curating Cultures (2015)


  • Diploma in Asian Art - Southeast Asia module, 2015 "Enlightened Ways. The Many Streams of Buddhist Art in Thailand".


Interested in cross-disciplinary approaches to museum practice, working with Buddhist and other material, local knowledge/s and curatorship in Myanmar and the Southeast Asian region.