The Oriental Ceramic Society is grateful for sponsorship and other support from a number of institutions and individuals. This allows us to support a vibrant programme of lectures and related events, whilst keeping our membership fees affordable.

We are able to offer four annual specialized lectures on jades, paintings and ceramics thanks to the following sponsors:

  • Woolf Charitable Trust Jade Lecture,
  • Sonia Lightfoot Memorial Paintings Lecture
  • Sir Michael Butler Memorial Lecture (ceramics)
  • The Dr. H. Y. Mok Charitable Foundation Lecture (export ceramics)

We are also very grateful to those auction houses that support and fund some of our other lectures and receptions, namely Bonhams, Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Woolley & Wallis, Duke’s, Dreweatts and Lyon & Turnbull.

The Society has benefited from bequests for the Hills Gold Medal (which the Society awards to distinguished scholars in the field of Asian art), and the George de Menasce Memorial Trust Fund (given mainly to researchers who need financial assistance, e.g. for travel expenses).  The Chinese Scholars Fund has enabled scholars from China to visit the UK, leading to a lecture, and published in our annual journal The Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society.

Although we have already set aside significant funds for our 2021 Centenary Exhibition,Collectors, Connoisseurs, Curators: A Century of the Oriental Ceramic Society’, we would especially welcome further financial support for the exhibition and catalogue, and for the associated centenary events. For those members considering a substantial donation, we would be delighted to acknowledge you as patrons, listing you as follows on both our website and in the catalogue – Platinum Patron: £10,000-plus; Gold Patron: £5,000-plus; Silver Patron: £1,000-plus.

If you would like to donate or offer sponsorship, please contact our Secretary, Mary Painter, by email at info@orientalceramicsociety.org.uk, or by mail to

The Oriental Ceramic Society, P.O. Box 517, Cambridge, CB21 5BE, UK.

As the Society is a registered charity, there could be scope for tax efficient donations.