LECTURES

The National Trust Sri Lanka hosts a lecture series on aspects of the Island's heritage. Each lecture is delivered by a recognized expert in the field. Lectures are open to the public, and are held on the last Thursday of each month.

 

The lectures are FREE to members. Non-members will pay a nominal fee to attend.

 

The topics of lectures already delivered are listed below.

Scripts of several lectures are available for download on this page, and will continue to be uploaded as the series progresses.

2017

 

Monthly Lecture No-97

Thursday 27th July 2017 at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, Colombo 10.
“Buddhist Heritage Sites in Ancient Bengal” by Dr. Nilan Cooray

Monthly Lecture No-96

Thursday 29th June 2017 at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, Colombo 10.
“Sinhala Attitude to Knowledge” by Dr. G. Usvatte-aratchi. Read more

Monthly Lecture No-95

Thursday 25th May 2017 at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, Colombo 10.
“The Story of Ceylon’s Railway – A Saga of over 150 Years” by Mr. Ravindra Ratnapala

Monthly Lecture No-94

Thursday 27th April 2017 at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, Colombo 10.
“The Fort of Colombo – From a Stockade to a City” by Mr. Chryshane Mendis and Archt. Ismeth Raheem

Monthly Lecture No-93

Thursday 30th March 2017 at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, Colombo 10. “Elephant Conservation Amidst Development” by Mr. Jayantha Jayewardena

Monthly Lecture No-92

Thursday 23rd February 2017 at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, Colombo 10. “The Story of the Kastane” by Mr. Anandalal Nanayakkara, Attorney-at-Law

Monthly Lecture No-91

Thursday 26th January 2017 at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, Colombo 10. "Herbal Medicinal Plants” by Dr. Nimal Karunasiri

2016

 

Monthly Lecture No-90

Thursday 24th November 2016 at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, Colombo 10.
"Sri Lanka’s Forest Types and Their Services” by Profs Emeriti Savitri and Nimal Gunatilleke.

Monthly Lecture No-89

Thursday 27th October 2016 at the At HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, Colombo 10.
"INSIGHT TO ENDEMIC BIRDS" by Prof. Sarath Kotagama

Monthly Lecture No-88

Thursday 29th September 2016 at the At HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, Colombo 10.
"43 GROUP - First Modern Art Movement in Ceylon." by Mr. Rohan De Soysa. Read more

Monthly Lecture No-87

The 87th Session of the Monthly Lecture Series of The National Trust - Sri Lanka was held at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, 479 T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday the 25th August 2016.

"SIGIRIYA - The Most Prestigious Architectural Heritage of Sri Lanka, The Past, Present and Future" by Prof. Nimal De Silva.

 

Monthly Lecture No-86


The 86th Session of the Monthly Lecture Series of The National Trust - Sri Lanka was held at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, 479 T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday the 28th July 2016.

"The Nagas of Sri Lanka" by Prof. S. Pathmanathan

 

Monthly Lecture No-85


The 85th Session of the Monthly Lecture Series of The National Trust – Sri Lanka was held at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, 479 T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday the 30th June 2016.

"Avalokitesvara as Venerated by the Mahayana and Theravada Communities"
by Dr. Nandana Chuitwongs.

Monthly Lecture No-84


The 84th Session of the Monthly Lecture Series of the National Trust - Sri Lanka was held at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, 479 T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday the 26th May 2016.

"The Sacred Garden: Recent Problems & Prospects in the Conservation of Lumbini" by Dr. K Locana Gunaratna

 

Monthly Lecture No-83


The 83rd Session of the Monthly Lecture Series of the National Trust - Sri Lanka was held at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, 479 T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday the 28th April 2016.

"Trade Routes and Services for the Traveler" by Archt. Ashley de Vos

 

Monthly Lecture No-82


The 82nd Session of the Monthly Lecture Series of the National Trust - Sri Lanka was held at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, 479 T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday the 31st March 2016.

"An Astronomical view of the Buddha s visit to Sri Lanka" by Dr. Kavan Ratnatunga

 

Monthly Lecture No-81


The 81st Session of the Monthly Lecture Series of the National Trust - Sri Lanka was held at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, 479 T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday the 25th February 2016.

"Two Millenniums Of Coins In Sri Lanka" by By Brigadier B. Munasinghe

 

Monthly Lecture No-80


The 80th Session of the Monthly Lecture Series of the National Trust - Sri Lanka was held at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, 479 T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday the 28th January 2016.

"Saving the Blue Whales of Sri Lanka to Save our Oceans" by Dr. Asha de Vos

 

2015

Monthly Lecture No-79


On Thursday 26th November 2015 at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, Colombo 10.
"Words of Sri Lankan Origin in the Oxford English Dictionary, Especially those introduced by Robert Knox" by Richard Boyle

 

Monthly Lecture No-78

On Thursday the 29th October 2015 at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, Colombo 10
"The Pasts Of The National Flag: Some Unorthodox Views On The Invention Of Tradition" By Prof. Gananath Obeysekere Ph. D

 

Monthly Lecture No-77

On Thursday 24th September 2015.

"Heritage without Borders: re-defining temple murals of Southwestern Sri Lanka" by B.D. Nandadeva Ph.D. Professor, Department of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya.

 

 

Monthly Lecture No-76

On Thursday 27th August 2015 at the At HNB Auditorium , 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, Colombo 10.

"The use of historical buildings in urban areas" by Archt. Plnr. Pali Wijeratne

 

 

Monthly Lecture No-75

On Thursday 30th July 2015 at the HNB Towers, Colombo 10.

"Leopards of Wilpattu- The Study of Individual Leopards" by Mr. Kithsiri Gunawardane.

 

Monthly Lecture No-74

"Interesting episodes from Sri Lankan history" By Frederick Medis

 

Monthly Lecture No-73

28th May 2015 – "Class & ethnic prejudice in Sri Lanka in the 19th-20th century" by Dr. Michael Roberts.Read more...

 

Monthly Lecture No-72

"30th Apr. 2015 – “Kandy the last cultural capital of Sri Lanka – a world heritage” by Prof. Nimal de Silva. Read more...

 

Monthly Lecture No-70

"26th Feb. 2015 – “Wit between Hulftsdorp and Parliament” by Ranjan Gooneratne. The lecture held on Thursday the 26th Feb. 2015 at 6.30p.m at the HNB Towers Auditorium. 479, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

 

Monthly Lecture No-69

"29th Jan. 2015 – “Evidence of a Sri Lankan School of Hindu Sculpture” by Sirinimal Lakdusinghe The lecture held on Thursday the 29th Jan. 2015 at 6.30p.m at the HNB Towers Auditorium. 479, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

2014

Monthly Lecture No-67

"30th Oct. 2014 – “Origins of Drinking & Smoking” by Prof. Carlo Fonseka. The lecture was held on Thursday the 30th Oct. 2014 at 6.30p.m at the HNB Towers Auditorium. 479, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

 

Monthly Lecture No-66

"25th Sep. 2014 – “Two Topographers & Illustrators in mid 19th C Ceylon” by Archt Ismeth Raheem. The lecture was held on Thursday the 25th Sep. 2014 at 6.30p.m at the HNB Towers Auditorium. 479, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

 

Monthly Lecture No-65

"28th Aug. 2014 – “Maritime Archaeology in Sri Lanka” by Somasiri Devendra, Malik Fernando & Rasika Muthucumarana. The lecture was held on Thursday the 28th Aug. 2014 at 6.30p.m at the HNB Towers Auditorium. 479, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

 

Monthly Lecture No-64

"31st Jul. 2014 – “Kovils of Sri Lanka” by Prof. S. Pathmanathan. The lecture was held on Thursday the 31st of Jul. 2014 at 6.30p.m at the HNB Towers Auditorium. 479, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

 

Monthly Lecture No-63

"26th Jun. 2014 – “Excavation And Conservation of the Royal Stupa at Uda Aludeniya- (Gampola Period)” by Prof. Nimal de Silva. The lecture was held on Thursday the 26th of Jun. 2014 at the HNB Towers Auditorium. 479, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

 

Monthly Lecture No-62

"29th May 2014 – “Sri Lankan Heritage : A Gateway to the World Map” by Dr. Gamini Wijesuriya. The lecture was held on Thursday the 29th of May 2014 at the HNB Towers Auditorium. 479, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

 

Monthly Lecture No-61

"24th April 2014 – “Cultural Mathematics” by Prof. J.B. Disanayake. The lecture was held on Thursday the 24th of April 2014 at the HNB Towers Auditorium. 479, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

 

Monthly Lecture No-60

"27th March 2014 – “ A Voyage in Sri Lankan design” by Archt Tilak Samarawickrema. The lecture was held on Thursday the 27th of March 2014 at the HNB Towers Auditorium. 479, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

 

Monthly Lecture No-59

"27th February 2014 – “Rekhawa – waking the slumbering Sinhala cinema” by Prof. Asoka de Zoysa. The lecture was held on Thursday the 27th February at 6.30p.m at the HNB Towers Auditorium. 479, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.

 

Monthly Lecture No-58

"30th January 2014 – “Sri Lanka’s Nature – Red Alert” by Dr. Sriyanie Miththapala. The lecture was held on Thursday the 30th January at the HNB Towers Auditorium. 479, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.


2013

Monthly Lecture No-57

"28th November 2013 – “The Art of making Srilankan Masks” by Prof. Lionel Bentarage. The lecture was held on Thursday the 28th November 2013 at 6.30 p.m. at the HNB Auditorium and was held presented in Sinhala.

 

Monthly Lecture No-56

"31st October 2013 – “Tesavalamai and its Application” by K.Kanag-Isvaran PC. Read More

 

Monthly Lecture No-55

"26th September 2013 – “Indigenous Freshwater Fish Species and their Export Trade” by Samantha Gunasekara. Read More

 

Monthly Lecture No-54

"August 29th – “ Evolution of Music in Sinhala Theatre” ( Sinhala Vedhikanatya Sangeethaye Vikashanaya” by Dr. Jayalath Manorathna, Snr Lecturer Mahanama Wickramasinghe , Artiste Nisshanka Diddeniya and others.

 

Monthly Lecture No-53

"July 25th – Ananda & Ethel Coomaraswamy and the making of Mediaeval Sinhalese Art ( 1908) by Archt Ismeth Raheem

 

Monthly Lecture No-52

"27th June - “The Language of Coins and Bank Notes in Lanka” by Dr. Kavan Ratnatunga

 

Monthly Lecture No-51

" 30th May - “Aubrey Collette – art, life and politics; a profile of my father” by Cresside Collette. Read more


Monthly Lecture No-50

"24th April - “Oru and Maha Oru : their techno-cultural aspects” by Prof Vini Vitharana and Lt Cdr Somasiri Devendra


Monthly Lecture No-49

"28th March - “Sri Lanka: Ancient and early maps – some visual notes” by Prof Senake Bandaranayake


Monthly Lecture No-48

"28th February - “Flags of ancient Sri Lanka” by Prof. Nimal de Silva


Monthly Lecture No-47

"31st January - “Sigiriya in the Global Landscape Context” by Archt Nilan Cooray.

The lectures was held at the HNB Auditorium at 6.30 p.m. with simultaneous transmission at the E.L. Senanayake Children’s Library, Kotugodella, Kandy 

2012

Monthly Lecture No-46

"Water that flows through our culture” By Prof. J.B. Disanayaka on 29th November 2012. View


Monthly Lecture No-45

"Some Evidence on Proto Historic Burial Practice in Sri Lanka” by Prof Raj Somadeva on 25th October 2012. View


Monthly Lecture No-44

"South asian art of the last decades of the 20th century" by Jagath Weerasinghe – 27th September 2012. View


Monthly Lecture No-43

"An Anecdotal Survey of street and place names in the District of Colombo" by Frederick Medis – 30th August 2012. View


Monthly Lecture No-42

"Portuguese- Speaking Communities in Sri Lanka” by Dr. Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya – 26th July 2012 View

Monthly Lecture No-41

"A Walk Through Anuradhapura with Ashley de Vos" – 28th June 2012. View


Monthly Lecture No-40

Lecture by Dr. Brendon Gooneratne on "Robert Knox in the Kandyan Kingdom" - Lecture No 40. View


Monthly Lecture No-39

"The Butterfly Fauna of Sri Lanka" by Dr. Michael Van der Poorten at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor HNB Towers, 479 T,B, Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 , at 6.30 p.m on 26th April 2012. View | Invitation | Flyer


Monthly Lecture No-38

"Covering the Female Body in Buddhist Murals , 18th -20th Century" by Dr. Asoka De Zoysa View


Monthly Lecture No-37

"Sigiriya Mirror Wall and the Graffiti" by Prof Nimal De Silva. View

2011

Monthly Lecture No-36

"George Keyt of Sri Lanka and Picasso of France" by Prof Tim Scott at the HNB Towers Auditorium. View


Monthly Lecture No-35

"Tradition of Ivory Carvings" by Arch Ashley de Vos


Monthly Lecture No-34

A Twelfth Century Hospital in Polonnaruva and The Surgical Instruments found Therein by Professor PL Prematilleke & Professor Arjuna Aluwihare. Part 1 | Part 2


Monthly Lecture No-33

"Mantai" the great emporium of Cosmas Indicopleustes by Dr. Roland Silva
Cosmas Indicopleustus, a 6th century Greeek merchant and monk highlighted the strategic importance of the island of Sri Lanka in ancient sea routes and trade in his reference to the port of Mantai, as a Great Emporium.

In an informative lecture, Dr Roland Silva, former Commissioner of Archaeology, takes us on a voyage of discovery through historical references and illustrations which highlight the strategic position and relative importance of the island in maritime trade in ancient times. His lecture highlights the initial use of the Port of Mantai ( now referred to as Mannar) and Adam's Bridge as northern route before the increased draft of ships forced the use of the more southern route. View


Monthly Lecture No-32

Gateway to Mutual Heritage of Jaffna with special reference to Grid City by Archt. Jayatissa Herath, Archt. Deepal Wijethilaka & Ms. Suganya Vinasithamby


Monthly Lecture No-31

An Overview of the Flowering Plants of Sri Lanka by Dr. Siril Wijesundara, Dr. Sriyanie Miththapala & Dr. Janki Galappatti


Monthly Lecture No-30

The Evolution of Primate Society- the longest by Dr. Wolfgang Dittus
research conducted on this subject in Sri Lanka


Monthly Lecture No-29

Some facets of our Legal Heritage by Prof.Savitri Goonesekere


Monthly Lecture No-28

Sri Lanka - Best for Big Game Safari Outside Arfica by Mr. Gihan de Silva Wijeyeratne


Monthly Lecture No-27

Art of the Last Decade of the 20th Century by Prof. Jagath Weerasinghe


Monthly Lecture No-26

The Lion Mountain and the Palace in the Sky by Prof. Senaka Bandaranayake
Notes on the Identity of the Royal Complex at sigiriya


Monthly Lecture No-25

Lesser known Fortifications of Sri Lanka by Arch Ashley de Vos & Arch D.P. Chandrasekere

2010

Monthly Lecture No-24

Coral Reefs of Sri Lanka by Mr. Nishan Perera


Monthly Lecture No-23

Hindu Art and archtecture in Sri Lanka by Prof. Nagaraja Rao


Monthly Lecture No-22

Traditional Jewellery of Sri Lanka by Dr. Hiranthi Pathirana


Monthly Lecture No-21

Management of Built heritage- Your responsibility by Arch Pali Wijeratne


Monthly Lecture No-20

Andare in Ink and film by Arch Thilak Samarawickrema


Monthly Lecture No-19

Ancient Sea and River Craft of Sri Lanka by Prof. Vini Vitarana


Monthly Lecture No-18

Understanding the Technological Achievements of Ancient Sri Lanka by Dr. Premala Sivaprakasapillai


Monthly Lecture No-17

Dances of Sri Lanka by Prof. Tissa Kariyawasam


Monthly Lecture No-16

Hundred Waterfalls of Sri Lanka by Justice Sunil de Costa

2009

Monthly Lecture No-15

Hindu Art and Architecture of Sri Lanka by Dr. Nagraj Rao, former Director General of Archeaology of India.

Monthly Lecture No-14

"Facets of Social History in Sri Lankan Coins and Currency" by Mr. Frederick Medis


Monthly Lecture No-13

"Performers, Broadcasters, Producers &. Copyright" by K. Kanag-Isvaran P.C


Monthly Lecture No-12

Flags and Flag Traditions by Professor Nimal de Silva


Monthly Lecture No-11

Archaeology and Photography the Early Years 1868–1880 by Ismeth Raheem


Monthly Lecture No-10

The Origins of Human Settlement in Sri Lanka by Dr. Siran Deraniyagala


Monthly Lecture No-09

Twentieth Century Paintings of Sri Lanka by Professor Senake Bandaranyake and Professor Albert Dharmasiri


Monthly Lecture No-08

Wild Elephants of Sri Lanka by Srilal Mitthapala


Monthly Lecture No-07

Heritage Buildings of Sri Lanka by Professor Nimal de Silva


Monthly Lecture No-06

Birds of Sri Lanka by Gehan de Silva Wijeyaratne


Monthly Lecture No-05

The Heritage of Sinhala Music by Dr. Tissa Abeysekera

2008

Monthly Lecture No-04

The Paintings of the Tivanka Pilimage, Polonnaruwa by Professor Albert Dharmasiri


Monthly Lecture No-03

The World Heritage City of Galle by Architect Ashley de Vos


Monthly Lecture No-02

Earliest Photographic Records of Sri Lanka Monuments by Architect Ismeth Raheem


Monthly Lecture No-01

Is Sigiriya the Oldest True Tourist Site in Sri Lanka by Dr. Roland Silva