This lecture explores how the Eclecticism and ornamental classicism of Victorian and Edwardian Britain came to influence Malaya’s classical architecture by Dr Soon-Tzu Speechley.
Between 1786 and 1957, Britain exerted colonial influence over the Malay Peninsula and its neighbouring islands. For most of this time, classicism served as the language of imperial rule, synonymous with British power. Yet elements of the style were quickly adopted, appropriated, and adapted – first by local elites and subsequently by the masses. Classicism came to be the language of mosques and market places, Quranic schools and Chinese clan houses.
Dr Soon-Tzu Speechley is Lecturer in Urban and Cultural Heritage at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include classical architecture and its reception in colonial Malaya, architectural networks in the British Empire, and Southeast Asian heritage.
This talk is part of the Online Winter Talk Series 2024 called Victorian and Edwardian Architecture in the Wider British World. Follow this link to book all of the talks.
Wednesday 28 February 2024, 7pm – 8.30pm
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