Curriculum Vitae

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EISEN TEO

Historian. Author. Explorer.

Book Publication

  • Published in May 2019 by Marshall Cavendish

  • Topics covered: Singapore history, transport, urban development 

Work Experience

Senior History Researcher, 2017 - Present

  • Presently working as a Senior History Researcher for Singapore History Consultants Pte. Ltd. (SHC), a private heritage consultancy based in Singapore, and its associate company, Journeys Pte. Ltd., a heritage specialist which manages Haw Par Villa. My primary focus is on Singapore history and culture. 

  • Engages in research and content creation for programmes, tours, exhibitions, publications, and heritage sites, including Haw Par Villa. 

  • Assisted in researching and creating content for The Kallang Story: A Sports, Arts and Heritage Trail, which covers the heritage of Kallang and the Singapore Sports Hub. The Trail includes 18 markers, a Guide Book, a Wayfinding Map, and a Heritage Walk. 

  • Assisted in researching, scripting, and conducting a Journeys tour, Journeys to Hell: Death and the Afterlife in Haw Par Villa. This tour was a finalist for the 2018 Singapore Tourism Awards. 

  • Presently working on content and curation for a new museum inside Haw Par Villa. 

Docent for the Battlebox, 2016-2017

  • Conducted military history tours for the Battlebox, a former WWII underground command centre inside Fort Canning Hill that has been turned into a history museum.

    • The Battlebox is run and managed by SHC. It was the site where the British decided to surrender Singapore to the invading Japanese on 15 February 1942.

    • For 2019, on TripAdvisor, the Battlebox was the #1 museum in Singapore, #12 of “Things to do in Singapore”, and #6 for museums in the whole of Asia. 

History Researcher, 2013-2016

  • Worked as a History Researcher for SHC and Journeys.

  • Served the Battlebox as its lead researcher from 2015, assisting in researching for and scripting its award-winning military history tour. 

  • Some completed research projects: (The history and heritage of) Haw Par Villa, Jurong, Hougang. 

Personal Endeavours

Book projects

  • Co-founded SG Tipsy Trivia - Singapore's only regular, Singapore-themed trivia quiz - in December 2012

  • Presently one of four co-organisers

  • Presently one of two co-organisers

  • Co-conducted Jane's Walks of Toa Payoh in 2016, Old Woodlands Town Centre in 2017, and Bukit Panjang in 2018

Education

National University of Singapore, 2005-2009

  • Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in History.

  • Achieved Valedictorian status for my graduating cohort of 2009.

  • Won the Shell History Medal for the First Place in the History Honours Exam, Academic Year 2008/09.

  • Won the Wong Lin Ken Memorial Medal and Book Prize for the Best Academic Exercise in the Honours Year in History, Academic Year 2008/09.

  • My Honours Thesis, The Proclamation of Independence Memorial in Malacca: History, Memory and Silences, was published in 2010 in Studies in Malaysian & Singapore History: Mubin Sheppard Memorial Essays.