Tai Kwun Conversations

Heritage Reborn: Restoration of Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps

Tai Kwun Conversations: Chinese Cultural Heritage Series - Interpretation and Uses of Heritage in Urban and Rural China

Tai Kwun Conversations: Chinese Cultural Heritage Series - Conserving the Ancestral Villages of Overseas Chinese in Wuyi Region, Guangdong

Tai Kwun Conversations: Who is Who — A Dialogue between Sarah Morris and Tobias Berger

Tai Kwun Conversations: Prison Series – Healing Walls: The Restorative Power of Art

Tai Kwun Conversations: Prison Series – Fragments of Hong Kong Literature: Dai Wangshu and Literary Maps of the Central and Western District

Tai Kwun Conversations: Prison Series – Transcending the Walls of Separation

Tai Kwun Conversations: IN OUR HANDS Series–Building a Nature-Positive Hong Kong

Tai Kwun Conversations: IN OUR HANDS Series–Heritage in Times of War

Tai Kwun Conversations: Transformative Heritage Conservation in Hong Kong, Macao and Mainland China–25 Years of an Evolving Model

Tai Kwun Conversations: IN OUR HANDS Series-Mental Wellness Promotion amid Covid-19

Tai Kwun Conversations: Negotiating Gender Relations–Insights from the Past

Tai Kwun Conversations: Authenticity vs Interpretation in music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Giulio d’Alessio in dialogue with Timothy Calnin

Tai Kwun Conversations: Bridal Laments – The Intangible Cultural Heritage of Lung Yeuk Tau

Tai Kwun Conversations: Connecting Youth

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series - Talk 3
Heritage, power and gender in cities

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series – Innovations in Urban Heritage

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series - Talk 2
Urban sustainability and resilience through nature and culture

Tai Kwun Conversations: UNESCO Series - Talk 1
Urban recovery through culture, arts, and creativity

Tai Kwun Conversations: Spectre of Truth

Tai Kwun Conversations - Notre Dame – How to rebuild a masterpiece of Gothic architecture in the 21st century?

Tai Kwun Conversations - International Series on Architectural Conservation

Tai Kwun Conversations
Dancing with a Stranger

Tai Kwun Conversations - The Making of National Gallery Singapore

Tai Kwun Conversations - Renovation of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Ma On Shan Spirit: Conservation of the Ma On Shan Iron Mine Landscape

CHAOS: Wing Shya × Inoue Tsuguya

Twentieth Century Heritage: Diversifying Hong Kong Stories – Using the ICOMOS ISC20C Historic Thematic Framework

Tai Kwun Conversations—No Stone Unturned – A Material Journey from Hong Kong to Mexico

Tai Kwun Conversations—Inclusive Conservation and Cultural Connection: Building Resilience for People and the Planet

Tai Kwun Conversations – Summer Institute #4 A Dialogue on Art and Cosmotechnics between Yuk Hui and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Tai Kwun Conversations – Unpacking the Reuse of Colonial-era Historic Buildings: Cases of Tai Kwun and the Rockbund Art Museum

Tai Kwun Conversations – Community Matters: Planning and Design through Narrating Community Stories

Tai Kwun Conversations – Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Masterplan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tai Kwun Conversations – A Vibrant New Arts Precinct in a Heritage Waterfront: The Revitalisation of Pier 2/3 of Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia

Tai Kwun Conversations — Invisible Innovation: Revitalising the Central Police Station Compound

Laying the Groundwork: The Burra Charter and Heritage Values

The Book and the Sword in China and Italy’s Martial Culture

Healing Architecture: Tsz Shan Monastery’s Mindfulness Journey in Purifying Body and Mind

Heritage Reborn: Restoration of Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps

Crime, Justice and Punishment in Colonial Hong Kong

Beyond the Surface – How paint conservation tells the identity of a building

Creating a Liveable City: Combining Conservation and Development in Yangon

Beyond Memories: Conserving Heritage in France and Macao

Date & Time

2 Nov 2020 7:15pm–8:45pm


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Tai Kwun Conversations is a series of talks that brings together brilliant minds to discuss the challenges and rewards in pursuing a sustainable future through the active management of heritage resources. Join us at this monthly event to discover outstanding practices in heritage conservation and strike up a conversation with our renowned guest speakers.

Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps were declared a monument in 1979. When Super Typhoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong on 16 September 2018, the monument suffered heavy damage.

The project team was determined to adhere strictly to the conservation principle of using original craftsmanship and materials, supplemented by advanced 3D scanning technology, to restore the monument faithfully.

Join us in conversation with the project team to uncover the craftsmanship of the monument and its meticulous restoration.


Susanna Siu | Executive Secretary, Antiquities and Monuments Office

Alex Liu | Chief Highway Engineer/Hong Kong, Highways Department

Fanny Ang | Founding Director, ANG Studio Ltd.


Kenneth Lee | Senior Project Manager, Charities, The Hong Kong Jockey Club

6:30pm – 7:15pm


7:15pm – 8:15pm


8:15pm – 8:45pm


The event will be conducted in Cantonese, with simultaneous interpretation from Cantonese to English available.

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About the Speakers

Susanna Siu is currently the Executive Secretary of the Antiquities and Monuments Office, Adjunct Associate Professor of the History Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a member of the Education Heritage Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Museum of Education of The Education University of Hong Kong. She was the Chief Curator of Hong Kong Museum of History, and an advisor of Museum of Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum. Two of her heritage projects – the restoration of the Hung Shing Temple on Kau Sai Chau and King Law Ka Suk (ancestral hall) in Tai Po – won an outstanding award of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2000 and 2001 respectively. Her recent heritage projects include the restoration of Duddell Street Steps and Gas Lamps and the conservation of Tung King Kok Yuen.

Alex Liu is the Chief Highway Engineer/Hong Kong in the Highways Department. He is a member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and has more than 31 years of experience in civil engineering. He has been working in the Government for more than 34 years and is currently overseeing the management and maintenance of the road network in Hong Kong Island.

Fanny Ang is one of the few architects working in conservation in Hong Kong. She worked as a conservation architect in the HKSAR Government to implement the “Revitalising Historic Buildings through Partnership Scheme” for projects such as the Tai O Police Station, King Yin Lei, and Haw Par Mansion. Later she returned to private practices on projects such as the revitalisation of the Blue House Clusters. Fanny founded ANG Studio Ltd. in 2015 and continues her contribution in heritage conservation. After Duddell Street, the restoration and upgrade of Tung Lin Kok Yuen in Happy Valley is in progress.

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