The British Library has recently opened the exhibition Buddhism, curated by Jana Igunma (Henry Ginsburg Curator of Thai, Lao and Cambodian) and San San May (Curator of Burmese) which will run until the 23rd of February, 2020.  It is a truly wonderful exhibition with a range of striking items, from illuminated manuscripts and palm leaf manuscripts to sutra incised in silver and gold, covering the whole development of Buddhism across Asia and the three main traditions of Buddhism, alongside items related to Buddhist practices, contemporary productions and evocative soundscapes. A beautiful catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

In addition, there will be a conference on the materiality, transmission and translation of Buddhist texts and practices, in collaboration with SOAS and scheduled on 7-8 February 2020. A full programme is available here https://www.bl.uk/events/buddhism.


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. 


The Chinese and English speaking congregations of St Martin-in-the-Fields jointly organise an occasional series of art talks focusing on aspects of Chinese Art.

The fifth lecture in this series will be on ‘Picturing the Buddha’ and will be given by Beth McKillop on Thursday 16 January 2020, 6.30pm in St Martin’s Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields. This will be an illustrated talk (in English). Beth McKillop is a senior research fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum and President of the Oriental Ceramic Society.

The talk will be held in St Martin’s Hall, within the Crypt of St Martin’s, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ and will begin at 6.30pm for one hour. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception in the Bishop Ho Ming Wah Association and Community Centre.

All are very welcome – for further information contact the Revd. Jonathan Evens – t: 020 7766 1127, e: jonathan.evens@smitf.org. There will be a retiring collection for St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Tickets for the event are free by registering at the Eventbrite page for this talk: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/picturing-the-buddha-tickets-80587219543.


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.