Lecture at Asia House, London, on Friday 1st November, 18:45 – 20:30 pm.

Asia House are pleased to invite OCS members to a lecture given by OCS member Shirley Mueller.

Inside the Head of the Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play

Collecting objects can give enormous pleasure, providing such benefits as intellectual stimulation, the thrill of the chase, and the need to leave a legacy. The many varied psychological desires to collect are also uniquely human. Now, for the first time, scientific research in behavioural economics and the emerging field of neuroeconomics makes the decision-making process more understandable. Its principles apply not only to everyday financial choices, but also to a collector’s behaviour, an area long shrouded in psychoanalytic myth and mystery.

Dr Shirley Mueller will present her unique collector’s perspective from her latest book, Inside the Head of the Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play, providing fascinating insights from this new information for museum professionals, collectors and would-be collectors alike, as well as those dealing in art.  By exploring various facets of the social and cultural impact of collecting, Mueller relates her own passion and experiences both as a collector and neuroscientist, to examine and understand different behavioural traits which characterize a collector’s decision making. Following the talk, the Q&A session will be moderated by Pamela Kember, Head of Arts and Learning at Asia House. This event coincides with Asian Art in London week (31 October – 9th November 2019).

Indianapolis/NYC based Shirley Mueller, is an internationally known collector and scholar of Chinese export porcelain, as well as a physician board-certified in Neurology and Psychiatry. This latter expertise led her to explore her own intentions and emotions while collecting art, which, she discovered, had broader applications. This new understanding was the motivation for this book.  Mueller not only lectures and publishes about neuropsychology; she also was guest curator for “Elegance from the East: New Insights into Old Porcelain” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (now Newfield’s) in 2017. In this unique exhibition she combined objects with concepts from neuroscience to make historical pieces personally relevant to visitors.

The lecture is free of charge to OCS members.  Please book directly with Pamela Kember, Head of Arts & Learning at Asia House, on pamela.kember@asiahouse.co.uk.  The lecture will be held at Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP.


East Asian Art and Archaeology Research Seminars at the Department of the History of Art & Archaeology, SOAS, University of London. Regular lectures to which all are welcome. For information contact Stacey Pierson on sp17@soas.ac.uk.

Tuesday 15th October – William Chambers: Chinese Design and Cultural authority in 18th century Europe.  5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Tuesday 26th November – Dr. Xiaoxin Li (V&A Museum) on Blanc de Chine: A Continuous Conversation.  

All welcome.  Seating is first come first served.  Please note new location:  Room FG08, Faber Building, 23-24 Russell Square. 

International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA), Institute of Archaeology, University College London holds regular lectures to which the public are warmly invited.  Lectures are held at the Archaeology Lecture Theatre (G6), Institute of Archaeology, UCL31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY.  Tel: 020 7679 1092.  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/iccha.  iccha@ucl.ac.uk.

Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts & Cultures and Centre for Japanese Studies, UEA

Thursday Lecture Series supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.  Admission free, advance booking recommended by phone 01603 597507 or email: sisjac@sainsbury-institute.org.  Web site: www.sainsbury-institute.org.  Lectures start at 6:00 p.m.  Venue: Norwich Cathedral Hostry (Weston Room), Norwich NR1 4EH.

Islamic Art Circle at SOAS

Lectures are regularly held in the Khalili Lecture Theatre (Main School Lecture Theatre), Philips Building, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG.  For further information contact Rosalind Wade Haddon on 07714087480 or email to rosalindhaddon@gmail.com.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Lecture Series in Chinese Buddhism

These lectures are held at SOAS, University of London.  For more information go to: https://www.soas.ac.uk/buddhiststudies/events/holectureseries/

The Royal Asiatic Society

The Royal Asiatic Society of Britain and Ireland provides a forum for those who are interested in the languages, cultures and history of Asia to meet and exchange ideas.  The Society was founded by the eminent Sanskrit scholar Henry Thomas Colebrooke in 1823 and to this day provides a varied programme of lectures and events.  Our events are mainly held at our premises at 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. For more information please visit our website www.royalasiaticsociety.org or telephone 0207 388 4539.

The Friends of the Royal Asiatic Society, Hong Kong Branch

This is a group of, mainly, ex members of the Royal Asiatic Society in Hong Kong, who meet together for regular lectures at the RAS HQ in Euston, on Saturday afternoons.  We welcome anyone interested in the history of Hong Kong and China.  Our lectures are on all aspects of Chinese and Asian history, culture and art and are always interesting.  We meet for an optional Asian meal before the lecture at a local restaurant.  We also arrange visits to places of interest in the UK and overseas, always with a Chinese theme.  For more information, to book a lecture and/or to receive emails of our lecture programme, please email to mlpainter@btinternet.com.

The Hong Kong Society

The aim of the Hong Kong Society is to bring together groups or individuals with an interest in Hong Kong – be it social, cultural, historical or professional, the Society strives to be relevant to its members. A not-for-profit, self-funded organisation, the Society organises for members and their guests a wide range of events, including themed lunches, dinners, receptions, talks, gallery visits, cultural and sporting events, business forums, mentoring and networking opportunities. These are either free to members, discounted or charged at cost price. Many of these events take place in London but we also have regional activities in the UK.

Society members are drawn from all walks of life, most of whom have lived and worked in Hong Kong and retain an on-going interest in its welfare and prosperity. From the student and/or young Hong Kong professional living in London, to the expat who may have spent a few years or a lifetime working there – and everyone in between – all are welcome. Visit www.hkas.org.uk/membership-2 for more details or contact Fiona Duong at communications@hkas.org.uk or by telephone 020 7963 9447.



National Ceramics Museum Princessehof will be hosting an exhibition on shipwreck ceramics: https://www.princessehof.nl/en/see-and-do/exhibitions/sunken-treasures/

The Princessehof will present the exhibition Sunken Treasures from 7 September 2019 to 28 June 2020. The exhibition features ceramics and other objects found aboard eight shipwrecks dating from the ninth to the nineteenth century. The ceramic treasures tell fascinating stories about the Maritime Silk Road in Asia and reveal a hitherto unknown world of international trade and exchange.

Ships from all over the world sailed the Maritime Silk Road for centuries in search of pepper, silk and porcelain. Sometimes the ships that perished lie on the seabed for centuries as time capsules. The wrecks and certainly the well-preserved ceramics provide a trove of information.