Chinese and British Exhibition

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16th January-31st March 2023
Hornby Library
Liverpool Central Library

A free display at Liverpool Central Library which explores the history, culture and heritage of British Chinese communities.

Discover how Chinese people arriving in the late 1600s led to Liverpool becoming Europe’s first Chinatown in the 1850s, contributing to the rich history of Chinese British communities.

The exhibition at draws on personal stories and moments, asking what it means to be Chinese and British. The display of artefacts track the heritage and history of this community and will be supported by a panel exhibition provided by the British Library with content and images from the London exhibition celebrating the lasting impact of

Chinese communities in the UK. From wartime service, popular cuisine, literature, sport, music, fashion, and film.

The Chinese and British exhibition at Liverpool Central Library has been curated by Moira Kenny and John Campbell from The Sound Agents in collaboration with the Liverpool Chinese community and Liverpool Libraries and Information Services.

There will be a series of events streamed UK wide from the British Library, supported by local events in Liverpool to showcase local Chinese culture in the UK, including:

  • A Family celebration of the Lunar New Year in Liverpool Central Library on 21st January 2023 10.30am-1.30pm with British Chinese authors Maisie Chan and Eva Wong Nava.
  • Several events showcasing films, talks and media relevant to the Liverpool Chinese community created, produced, or curated in partnership with The Sound Agents.
  • Chinese Storytelling with Movema - Toxteth Library: Wednesday 25th Jan 10am-12pm and Liverpool Central Library: Saturday 28th January 10am-12pm.