The Executive Committee is delighted to present Mr. Douglas So, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong in charge of institutional advancement as the guest speaker at this year’s AGM. With a passion for photography and heritage conservation, Douglas will share with us the journey of establishing the F11 Photographic Museum inside a Grade III heritage building in Happy Valley, including an overview of the history, the conservation philosophy and efforts, design, vision and mission, and the difficulties encountered.
The aim of the presentation is to generate thoughts and ideas on the way forward for heritage conservation and revitalisation, as well as a discussion on the opportunities arising from an increasing number of private museums in Hong Kong and the challenges they face.
Douglas So is the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong in charge of institutional advancement. Trained as a solicitor, Douglas is admitted to practice in Hong Kong, as well as in England and Wales.
Douglas is passionate about photography and heritage conservation. He has been collecting cameras, photographs and photo books for nearly 20 years. During his tenure as Executive Director, Charities at the Jockey Club from 2010-2014, he was involved in a number of projects relating to arts, culture and heritage including the Central Police Station, Le French May, Hong Kong Arts Festival and various major exhibitions across Hong Kong.
Douglas is the founder and director of F11 Photographic Museum (www.f11.com), which resides in a Grade III heritage building at 11 Yuk Sau Street in Happy Valley. Opened in September 2014, F11 is the first and only museum in Hong Kong dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of photography. There are exhibitions on photographs, cameras and books, as well as seminars and master classes, held at F11 periodically.
Douglas is also keen to serve the community. Currently, he serves on a number of boards and committees including the HK Community Chest, UNICEF, HK Phil, HK Cyberport, Food Angel, History Museum Advisory Panel and Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital.