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Discover the Arts of Thailand together with the distinguished Lecturers
and the National Museum Volunteers

Since 1972 the National Museum Volunteers has organized the well-attended “NMV Lecture Series” which is in its 69th iteration this year.
Held in English the talks are designed to interest those who are new to Thailand as well as those who call Thailand home and return every year.

Each Autumn NMV members as well as the general public meet from 9:30am to 12:00 noon for four consecutive Thursdays in the auditorium of the National Museum Bangkok on the Sanam Luang.

The series is a good introduction to “all things Thai”. Traditionally it covers arts, culture, religion and history up to modern times. And it introduces as well the National Museum Volunteers, and the National Museum where the lectures are held.

The lecture topics are often inspired by the architecture, sculptures, paintings, artworks, and collections of instruments, ceramics, pearl inlay, woodcarvings, stone-etchings, theatre pieces, textiles, thrones, chariots etc. the museum is famous for.

The 69th annual 'NMV Lecture Series' 2014:
Slices of Siam: A Journey Through Thailand’s History

The Lecture Series Team is excited to announce that the 2014 programme will focus on Thailand’s rich history. Taking inspiration from periods in Thai history as diverse as Ban Chiang to the Rattanakosin period, we will have 8 lectures (2 per day), each covering a key stage in Thailand’s social, cultural and religious development.

Our guest speakers, who have been carefully selected for their knowledge of their period of expertise, have been invited to share with the audience their love for their chosen area of interest. If you are curious about the latest archaeological, artistic and cultural developments in Thai History and would like to know more about each speaker’s research area, then we look forward to welcoming you in November.


(all Thursdays)




6th November

Ban Chiang
(6th to -1st centuries)
Ban Chiang Prof Pisit Charoenwongsa

(7th-13th centuries)
Early status at Srivijaya Dr Amara Srisuchat

13th November

(6th-11th centuries)
Between Tradition & Innovation
Mr Nicolas Revire

Lan Na
Lanna History & Lanna Buddhism Dr Louis Gabaud

20th November

(7th-14th centuries)
Lopburi Art : Beyond the Name Dr Christophe Pottier

The Classical Age of Thai Arts & Culture
M.R. Chakrarot Chitrabongs

27th November

Ayutthaya Rising & Falling Dr Chris Baker

Rattanakosin: Kingdom at the Crossroads Mr Alex Kerr

Programme in PDF format - download >>>
Timings of the lectures will be the same for all four days; doors open from 09:00-12:00.
On each day, the first lecture starts at 9:30 and the second lecture at 11:00.

Venue: Auditorium of the National Museum Bangkok

Non NMV Members
For single day: 400 THB; For complete series: 1500 THB

NMV Members
For single day: 200 THB; For complete series: 700 THB

The lecture Series is a great opportunity to learn and to get to know more about the NMV while catching up with friends over coffee and snacks.

For any queries kindly contact Marina or Julie at

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