by the Siam Society under Royal Patronage


Panel Discussion on "Thai Museums: Realizing the Potential" on Thursday, 21 July 2011 at 1.00 - 4.30 p.m. at The Siam Society


The culture of Thailand, both tangible and intangible, is rich and diverse, and is a source of pride for Thai people and of interest to scholars and tourists visiting Thailand. Throughout the world, one of the principal ways in which a nation’s culture is appreciated and made accessible is through museums. In recent decades, the management of museums and the arrangement and display of their holdings has made major advances, greatly increasing their value in terms of heritage conservation and interpretation and in terms of their educational and enjoyment value for both specialists and the general public. Thailand is fortunate in having established many years ago an extensive network of public history and art museums, which is supplemented by a large number of private museums, both of which contain rich and important collections. Thai museums can and should be state of the art, a part of every Thai’s pride in the national heritage, an important vehicle for educating the public on Thai cultural heritage, and a principal destination for foreign visitors.


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Program of the Panel Discussion on

"Thai Museums: Realizing the Potential"

On Thursday 21 July 2011 at 1:00 - 4.30 p.m. at the Siam Society



Noon - 1:00 p.m. Registration
1:00 - 1:05 p.m. Welcome speech by Khun Bilaibhan Sampatisiri,
President of The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage

1:05 - 4.00 p.m.

Panel discussion on "Thai Museums: Realizing the Potential"
The speakers on the panel discussion consist of;

Dr. M.R. Rujaya Abhakorn Director of SEAMEO-SPAFA

Mr. Phuthorn Bhumadhon Former Curator and Academician

Mr. Somchai Na Nakhon Phanom Senior Expert and Museum Development

Mr. Chatvichai Promadhattavedi Director of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

Assoc. Prof. Dr. M.L. Pattaratorn Chirapravati Professor of Asian Art and director of the Asian Studies Program at California State University, Sacramento.

Mr. Apirax Wanasathop President of All PA Co., Ltd.

Moderated by Mr. Pinyo Trisuriyatamma

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Opinion sharing
4:30 p.m. End of program

The discussion will be conducted in Thai

No admission fee

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