The Rediscovery of Angkor
Tuesday, 7 October 2003
2/F Sports House, So Kong Po, Causeway Bay
Drinks 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm
We are delighted to welcome John Sanday for return visit, following his lecture on The Temples of Mustang in 1999. The leading expert on the temples of Cambodia, Mr. Sanday will lecture on the temples of Angkor and their history, architectural significance and conservation.
Mr. Sanday's lecture tells the story of the World Monument Fund's approach over the last twelve years to masterminding the conservation and presentation of the legendary ruins set in the jungles of Angkor. Mr. Sanday will also introduce three new projects which the WMF is carrying out, at Angkor Wat, Banteay Chhmar and Ta Som, where his team is managing a new site which is becoming a unique attraction because of its fine sculpture. Mr. Sanday's lecture is beautifully illustrated throughout with photos of his work over the last twelve years in Angkor.
Mr. Sanday is one of the leading architectural conservators in Asia, where he has worked for the last 25 years. He started his career working on such masterpieces as the Wren Library at Trinity College, Cambridge and Chevening House, the former residence of the Prince of Wales. In Asia, he has worked on buildings all over the Indian subcontinent, ranging from monasteries in the high Himalaya to palaces in India.
Since 1989, his work has extended to Cambodia. Mr. Sanday is a director of the World Monuments Fund which is assisting the Cambodian Government to establish the principles and procedures for conserving the historic site of Angkor. Mr. Sanday is also leading the conservation and restoration of the major 12th Century Buddhist monastic ruin of Preah Khan. Here, he has trained a work force of some 70 traditional craftsmen and six architectural conservators to preserve the 56hectare site. Mr. Sanday is the author of several books, including Angkor: Celestial Temples of the Khmer. In recognition of his work in the field of conserving many significant historic buildings in Asia, Mr. Sanday was recently elected a Fellow of the illustrious Society of Antiquaries, London.
Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture. Tickets are available at the door at HK$50 for Members, HK$100 for Guests of Members and HK$150 for others.