FINE ART ASIA 2021 Academic Programme


Museum Directors in Conversation: A Half Century of Museum Culture in Hong Kong

Presented by Hong Kong Palace Museum

Speakers: Dr. Louis Ng, Director, Hong Kong Palace Museum
  Professor Joseph Ting, Adjunct Professor, Department of History, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Member of the Board of Directors Hong Kong Palace Museum Limited
Date: 10 October 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Language: Cantonese


As cultural institutions dedicated to the diffusion of knowledge about the past, museums play a key role in the care and display of objects. Two museum leaders will discuss the development of museums in Hong Kong over the past five decades and examine how museums have become an important part of our daily life.


Dr Louis Ng is Director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum. He is a seasoned museum professional, historian, and arts administrator with over 30 years of experience in museum planning and management. Dr Ng joined Hong Kong’s public museum service in 1988 as an assistant curator and rose through the ranks to become a chief curator in 2002 after working in a number of curatorial and managerial positions in various museums. He was the founding Director of the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, which opened in 2000. Prior to joining the Hong Kong Palace Museum in August 2019, he was the Deputy Director of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government, where he oversaw culture-related institutions including museums, performance arts venues, visual arts centres, and public libraries. A distinguished historian, Dr Ng obtained his BA, MPhil, and a PhD in history from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Sydney. His research and publications focus on Hong Kong history and cultural heritage management.


Prof Joseph Ting was born in Guangzhou. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a B.A. in 1974, followed by MPhil in 1979 and PhD in 1989. He was Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of History from 1995 to 2007, during which he played a vital role in the planning and implementation of the new Hong Kong Museum of History premises, the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence and the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum. He is currently Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the History Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hon. Professor of School of Chinese, the University of Hong Kong, a member of the History subject Committee of History Department of Lingnan University and Polytechnic University, former member of the Antiquities Advisory Board and Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee, Hon. Adviser of Hong Kong Museum of Art and Museum of History, trustee of The Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, Hon Fellow of the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Education, and Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. Member of the LCSD Museums Advisory Committee and Hon. Adviser or committee Member of a couple of local museums as well as Museums on the Mainland. Field of Research interests include: History of Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Macau, History of Overseas Chinese Communities, Dr Sun Yat-sen and Hong Kong, China Trade Paintings etc. Since retirement in 2007, he has published more than ten books of which two were granted Book Award of the Year.