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Museum Meets: Celebrate Chinese Literature with the Confucius Institute

April 23, 2012

Museum Meets works with partner organisations on adult programmes. The Museum is delighted to be hosting this talk organised by the Confucius Institute.

With Dr Frances Wood, Curator of Chinese Collections at the British LibraryContinuing with our popular series of free public talks on China , Dr Frances Wood, one of the UK’s leading authorities on Chinese literature, will be joining us to talk about the first Chinese books in the UK.The collections of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), physician to QueenAnne and the man who introduced chocolate to a grateful British public, were used to found the British Museum. He collected everything from natural history specimens (stuffed alligators from his time in Jamaica) to fine editions of the Bible and his printed book collection included a fine range of Chinese books from the late Ming and early Qing periods. Many collectors of the time had single Chinese volumes as ‘specimens’ but Sloane’s recently re-discovered Chinese collection ran from Buddhism and Confucianism through geography to literature and painting manuals, most collected for him in China by members of the East India Company who did not know a word of the language. The first Chinese books in London: the collection of Sir Hans SloaneWednesday 25 April 2012, 1pm – 2pm, Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, M13

 

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