Embrace Chinese culture with the Horniman Museum

An image from "Memories of China". Pic: Horniman Museum.

An image from “Memories of China”. Pic: Horniman Museum.

Horniman Museum and Gardens will, this weekend, embrace the start of “Memories of China”, an exhibition that celebrates the lives of the Chinese community within the UK.

The event will explore the experiences of Chinese natives living in Britain since the early 20th century, launching on January 17 until April 12.

Admission to the display is free and can be enjoyed by all ages.

The exhibition forms part of the British Chinese Workforce Heritage project and predominantly focuses on Chinese migration to the UK, from the first seafarers and traders to the tens of thousands of Chinese civilians who served during the First and Second World Wars.

Chungwen Li, Dean of Ming-Ai [London] Institute says: “[The exhibition showcases] the working life of British Chinese since the late 20th century and records how the Chinese community integrate and contribute to the British society.”

Featuring artwork, videos and objects, the project includes experiences of individuals who settled and built communities in a range of employment industries, including laundry, catering, healthcare and traditional Chinese medicine.

Alongside “Memories of China”, the museum is holding “Family Art Fun”, from February 16 to February 20 to mark the Chinese New Year.

The current year is the Year of the Sheep, so themed activities will be held catering for younger visitors and families. There will also be the chance to create a traditional Chinese Wishing Tree.

“Chinese Late” is an additional event which will be held on February 26. The event is aimed at adults, enabling them to celebrate and indulge in Chinese culture through film, arts and performances.

Tickets to the Chinese Late and full information on events and activities can be found here.

The Horniman Museum opens daily from 10:30am-5:30pm. Entry to the Museum and Gardens is free, but charges apply for the aquarium and some special exhibitions and events.

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