As part of the preparation for our 20 years celebrations, our Chinese Bronzes and Women’s Library collections will be closed from Monday 26 February, reopening with the rest of our new season on Thursday 21 March.

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China Revealed

Wed 3 October 2018, 11.00amSun 7 October 2018, 4.00pm

China Revealed

Throughout the first week of October we take inspiration from our internationally-significant collection of Chinese bronzes, and present a range of activities exploring Chinese art and culture. Discover more about ancient China and continuing cultural traditions through a varied programme of talks, dance, art and music.


Hands on Ancient Chinese Bronzes

Wed 3 Oct, 11am – 12.30pm

Bronze casting in ancient China reached astonishing levels of technical sophistication. Join our Chinese Collection specialist Morgan Jones for a tour of the collection followed by a unique opportunity to closely examine a number of bronzes first hand.

Tickets: £10

Please note, you will also need a valid Day Ticket, Membership or Annual Pass.

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Talk: How to Bury an Emperor – The Terracotta Army as a Building Project

Fri 5 Oct, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

The Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of Qin is famous worldwide for its large number of soldiers and their life-like appearance. These impressive figures were part of an immense building project which may in the end have caused the downfall of the Qin dynasty. Learn more with Dr Anke Hein, Peter Moores Associate Professor of Chinese Archaeology at the University of Oxford.

Tickets: £12

Please note, you will also need a valid Day Ticket, Membership or Annual Pass.

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China Family Day

Sun 7 Oct, 11am – 4pm

Discover the secrets of our ancient Guardians, find out how our pottery horses and riders were made, or try your hand at water calligraphy. With dance, music and song provided by the multi-talented Chinese Community Centre, Birmingham.

This event is included in a Day Ticket and is FREE for Members and Annual Pass Holders.