The Yangon Heritage Trust, in partnership with Slade Property Services and in collaboration with architect Aung Soe Myint and artist Htein Lin, have created the exhibition and social media campaign, Found: Our Heritage, Our Future. This exhibition celebrates Yangon’s unique cultural heritage by revealing intimate connections between people, places, memories and historic objects.
With items from the collection of Aung Soe Myint, this exhibition tells the story of several key heritage buildings in Yangon. In some cases, these buildings are long gone. In others, they still stand today. The objects that represent their memory have journeyed over the years, from person to person, and place to place. Here, we combine them with historic photographs and documents, to reveal their delicate associations and stories. They are displayed within cabinets made from remnants of lost heritage buildings.
Yangon Heritage Trust, with the sponsorship of Prudential©, presented an exhibition that reveals Yangon’s cosmopolitan past and present. The exhibition titled “Global City: Yangon’s Past, Present and Future” showcased more than 120 photographs which expose Yangon as the hub of many of the key events in the history of Myanmar. It reflected the Trust’s mission to conserve this city’s rich cultural heritage and our vision for Yangon as one of the most liveable and vibrant cities in Asia.
YHT hosted an exhibition of 19th Century photographs. The exhibition displayed nearly 50 photographs that illustrated a rich retrospective of Myanmar culture, showcasing architectural gems, modes of dress and daily life from a variety of social classes and ethnic communities. Many of the photos were taken by the Italian-British photographer Felice Beato (1832-1909) who owned a photography studio in Mandalay in 1887. The remainder of the photos were taken either by J. Jackson, who owned the “Jackson & Bentley” studio in Yangon from 1865 to 1915, or by Philip Klier, who spent several decades in Myanmar operating studios in Mawlamyaing and Yangon in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.