The Annual William Willetts Lecture

 The William Willetts Lecture was established at the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society’s 135th council meeting in early 1999 when the council unanimously agreed “to name the lecture which follows the AGM ‘The William Willetts Lecture’ in memory of Mr Willetts who founded the society … and the impetus given to Southeast Asian arts in general by his work.” This lecture has been held annually every year since its launch in 1999 with the exception of 2020 when it was cancelled due to the global epidemic Covid-19.  




20 March, 2021

Dr. Rose Kerr

Yaozhou Ceramics



16 March, 2016

Dr. Wang Gungwu

By Land or by Sea: Ceramics and Silk

21 April, 2015

Dr. Stacey Pierson

What Makes a Masterpiece? The Five Classic Wares of the Song (ru, guan, ge, ding, jun) and their Histories

6 April, 2014

Dr. Kenson Kwok

Peranakan Material Culture: How Peranakan is It? 

1 February, 2013

Dr. Dawn Rooney

Life and Work of the Society’s Founder: William Willetts

18 April, 2011

Ms. Natalie Ong & Mr. Alvin Chia, with an opening address by Dr. John Miksic

7 May, 2008

Dr. John Miksic

Strange Discoveries: Mysterious Artefacts in Singapore

26 April, 2006

Dr. Wang Gungwu

Tribute and Trade: The Ming Dynasty 

1 April, 2005

Ms. Heidi Tan

New Insights on Rare Vietnamese Ceramics in the ACM Collection

25 March, 2004

Mr. Kwa Chong Guan

The Indianization of Southeast Asia

28 March, 2003

Dr. Kenson Kwok

Blanc de Chine: The Hickley Collection

4 April, 2002

Mr. Anthony Lin

The Imperial Porcelains of the Kangxi Era

7 May, 1999

Mr. Christopher Frape

The Jade Culture of Ancient Vietnam