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Cherry Thinn

Department of Archaeology, National Museum

Assistant Director

Country: Myanmar

ITP Year: 2018


Cherry works as Assistant Director in the Department of Archaeology at the National Museum. She also works as a Curator at the Mrauk-U archaeological museum, where she works on updating the information on artifacts in the exhibition rooms of Mrauk-U.

Cherry previously worked for Halin Archaeological Museum as an Assistant Curator. Her principal responsibility in this role was curatorial works for the Archaeological Museum, focusing on the Prehistoric and Proto-historic Period Burial Site Museums and Stone Inscription Shelter in Halin. At these sites Cherry had a diverse range of responsibilities including acquisitions, documentation, public education, conducting special exhibitions in the Archaeological Museum and looking after the collections.

Cherry conducts research on the study of Myanmar Gems Museum, the current situation of Nat Beliefs in Myanmar houses and the educational role at the National Museum. More recently she has collaborated with colleagues from the Institute of Earth Science, Academia Sinica to analyse the composition of objects made from stone, glass and metal, as a result of finds from a Myanmar-French excavation team.

Cherry is studying the doctoral course in Archaeology at Henan University (China) since September 2023. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Distance Education (Yangon), a Postgraduate Diploma in Museology from National University of Arts and Culture (Yangon), and a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage and Museology from Capital Normal University in Beijing, China. She has contributed to national and international special exhibitions and the upgrading of permanent displays in cultural and archaeological museums under the Department of Archaeology and National Museum. Cherry worked with colleagues at the National Museum (Nay Pyi Taw) from 2010 to 2016.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme, Cherry was based in the Asia Department and her partner placement was spent at Glasgow Museums.

In 2019 participants were asked to plan and propose a temporary exhibition around an object from the Museum’s collection working within the theme of journeys.  Cherry worked with Rema Zeynalova (Azerbaijan) on her Object in focus project, Journey Towards Eternity.

Cherry’s place on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Charles Wallace Burma Trust.