by the Siam Society under Royal Patronage

Uses and Abuses
of History in Thai Heritage Conservation

The Senate Standing Committee on Religions, Moral, Ethics,
Arts and Culture

In co-operation with
The Siam Society by Siamese Heritage Trust
will conduct a seminar on


"Uses and Abuses of History in Thai Heritage Conservation"
on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 at 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
at The Siam Society

(This seminar will be conducted in Thai.)


Which cultural objects, tangible and intangible, we designate as “heritage” and deem deserving of “conservation”, may depend on our interpretations of history, or by our perspectives on what is important in history. Views of history change over time, as does the priority given to different types of cultural heritage for emphasis in conservation (and occasionally purposeful neglect or destruction). How has the relationship between perspectives on history and the cultural heritage conservation agenda played out in Thailand over the decades?



12:30 Registration
1:30 p.m.

Welcome speech by Mrs. Bilaibhan Sampatisiri, the Siam Society President and Chairperson of the Sub-Committee for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Heritage Management which is under the Senate Standing Committee
on Religions, Morals, Ethics, Arts and Culture

1:35 – 4:00 p.m.   

A panel discussion on "Uses and Abuses of History in Thai Heritage Conservation"

Panelists consist of;

  • Dr. Piriya Krairiksh, Former President and Honorary Member of The Siam Society, presently President of the Piriya Krairiksh Foundation
  • Dr. Dhirawat na Pombejra, Former Instructor of Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
  • Dr. Koompong Noobanchong, Instructor of Architecture, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang
  • Mr. Voranai Vanijaka, Writer of Bangkok Post Newspaper

Moderated by

  • Emeritus Professor Dr. Pasuk Phongpaichit, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Sharing opinions


4:30 p.m. End program


Remark: This seminar will be conducted in Thai. It is open to public without admission fee. Sharing of opinions is open to the public during the seminar. As there is no intermission, food and beverage will be arranged for self-service during the seminar.


Advance registration with Khun Jarunee at jarunee@siam-society.org

or 02-6616470-7 ext. 204