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John Thomson the Intrepid Traveller: Siam and Beyond Live Online Talk

Live talk with exhibition curator Betty Yao
Betty Yao will follow the trail of young John Thomson from his early years in Edinburgh to his first major journey to photograph the fascinating kingdom of 19th century Siam. He travelled to Siam (Thailand) as a professional photographer only a few decades after the invention of photography.

In this talk, Betty will follow Thomson’s footsteps and look at the people and places he photographed. She will divulge the story, the twists and turns behind the survival of this valuable collection through 150 years.

Open today 12:00pm - 5:30pm

Monday to Friday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 9:45am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 5:30pm

Closed Mondays: Nov - Feb
Closed 1 Jan; Good Friday; 24-26 Dec

Admission is Free
No booking required
Suggested donation €5


Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92