Protecting Siam’s heritage. A talk by Piriya Krairiksh
on the launch of the centenary issue of the Journal of the Siam Society



The former President of the Siam Society and Thailand’s leading art historian traces the history of conservation in Siam, beginning from the traditional concept of “renovation,” through the enthusiasm of the Fine Arts Department for reconstructing buildings from imagination, to today’s battles over the Supreme Court, the Chao Phraya waterfront, and the fate of the inner city’s oldest communities.

Dr. Piriya Krairiksh earned a doctorate from Harvard University, was curator of Asian art at the National Gallery of Australia, taught history of art at Thammasat University, and has published widely in both Thai and English, most recently The Roots of Thai Art (River Books, 2012).




The event launches the centenary issue of the Journal of the Siam Society, which appears also as a book, Protecting Siam’s Heritage, available at a special price for this occasion. The authors include the pioneers of conservation in Siam, the activists of today’s battles, and international experts. The collection illustrates the complexity of the issues involved, and the passions they raise.

Free admission for the evening


Date: Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Time: Reception at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Montri Rd, Sukhumvit 21

Non-members donation: B200. Siam Society members, members’ spouses and children, and all students showing valid student ID cards are admitted free of charge. For more information, please contact Khun Arunsri or

Office Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9:00am. – 5:00pm.

The Siam Society is deeply grateful to the James H.W. Thompson Foundation for its generous support of the 2012-2013 Lecture Series.