A century of China: Museum displays migrants experience

China Town London. Pic: SomeDirftwood

China Town London. Pic: SomeDirftwood

The “Memories of China” exhibition opened at the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill on Saturday.

It showcases artwork organised by the Ming-Ai Institute, exploring the lives of 20th century Chinese migrants living in the United Kingdom.

The exhibition is part of the British Chinese Workforce Heritage project, observing the development of Chinese communities in London, focusing on specific industries such as health care and hospitality.

Li Chung Wen, the exhibition host said the exhibition is encapsulating “memories of China and of the Chinese migrants when they first came and what they think about this country”.

With a £324,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, there are some striking pieces featured in the gallery.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is a statue of three Cloisonné deities called Fu, Lu and Shou. This translates as happiness, prosperity and longevity.

The exhibition displays its artwork in the form of objects, video and paintings.

The variety of pieces gives exhibition goers a diverse and artistic insight into the Chinese culture.

The ceiling of the gallery has been decorated with authentic ink painted lanterns. These are used as a symbol to welcome the Chinese New Year, which is the year of the sheep.

The exhibition is free and runs until April 12.

Video by: Yu Qiu


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