Durham University’s Oriental Museum

A jade table screen from the Oriental Museum exhibition In Pursuit of Elegance.

A jade table screen from the Oriental Museum exhibition In Pursuit of Elegance.

An exhibition entitled In Pursuit of Elegance: Chinese Jades from the Gerard Arnhold Collection will open on 14th June, 2019 and run until 15th September, 2019.  The jades are all from a donation of almost 200 works of Chinese art which was made to the museum in memory of Gerard Arnhold in 2016.  The pieces displayed are mainly from the Ming and Qing dynasties, representing the highest levels of craftsmanship, including a number of Imperial pieces.  Further details can be found at www.durham.ac.uk/oriental.museum/whatson/events/.

The Oriental Museum in Durham is the only museum in the north of the UK dedicated to the art and archaeology of the Orient.  The collections cover the cultures of China, Japan, Korea, India, the Near and Middle East and North Africa.

Exhibition at the Brunei Gallery – A Secret Beauty: The Spirit of Japanese Maki-e: The Lacquer Work of Koyanagi Tanekuni

11 July to 21 September 2019. There will be gallery talks with demonstration 1-3 pm on 11 July.

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.

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.




 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tel: +44 (0)207 323 8181. www.britishmuseum.org

The Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Ceramic Studies housing the Sir Percival David Collection of Chinese Ceramics; The Joseph E Hotung Gallery of Oriental Antiquities from China, India, South Asia and Southeast Asia; the Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries; The Korea Foundation Gallery: Arts of Korea; The Selwyn and Ellie Alleyne Gallery: 7000 Years of Chinese Jade from the Collection of Sir Joseph Hotung; The John Addis Islamic Gallery.


Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL. 0207 942 2000. www.vam.ac.uk

Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art and Design; T. T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art; Gallery of Korean Art; Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art.


Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH. Tel: +44 (0)1865 278000. Fax: +44 (0)1865 278018. eastern.art@ashmus.ox.ac.uk  www.ashmolean.org

Open Tue. – Sun. and Bank Holidays, 10.00 – 6.00. Closed 24th -26th December and 1st January.


Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF. Tel: 0131 247 4026. www.nms.ac.uk.


Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB. Tel: 01223 332900. www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk. Closed Mondays.

The Oriental Gallery of Chinese and Japanese Art and the Gompertz Gallery of Korean Art.


12 Bennett Street Bath, BA1 2QJ: Tel. 01225 464640. info@meaa.org.uk. www.meaa.org.uk.


Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RL, Tel: 0117 922 3571



8 rue Munier-Romilly, 1206 Geneva, Switzerland, Tel: +41 22 704 3282, musee@fondationbaur.ch