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29 September 2018

China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors

Showcasing objects from one of the world’s greatest archaeological finds, the discovery in 1974 of an underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors guarding the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, this fascinating exhibition spans almost 1000 years of Chinese history, from the conflicts of the Warring States period to the achievements and legacy of the Qin and Han Dynasties. The exhibition contains new loans from China including terracotta horses shown in the UK for the very first time.

Join us for a viewing of Liverpool World Museum’s exhibition, ‘China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors’ on 29 September 2018, following a buffet lunch and an introductory lecture at the Walker Art Gallery next door.

Following her wonderful presentation on the British Museum’s jade collection as part of the College’s ‘The Art of Collecting’ conference on 1 November 2017, we are delighted to welcome back guest speaker Carol Michaelson to give the introductory lecture. Further information on our guest speaker is provided below.

Tickets for this event are £40 per person, including entry to the exhibition. Guests are most welcome. To reserve your place(s), please fill out the online form below.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Development Office on or +44 (0)1865 613839.


Photo © Gareth Jones

Carol Michaelson

Carol Michaelson has degrees in Western History and Chinese Language from the University of London and worked at the British Museum from 1991, where she was a curator in the Department of Asia, responsible for looking after all early material and snuff bottles.  Carol is now semi-retired but continues to work part-time at the Museum and for one of its patrons.

Carol has frequently lectured at home and abroad on Chinese history and art, and she has written catalogues and many articles on these subjects. Recent publications include Chinese Art Close-Up with Jane Portal for British Museum Press and ‘An Outline History of Collecting Chinese Jade in the UK’ for The Woolf Collection of Chinese Jades (both 2014). Most recently she has written an article with a colleague for Arts of Asia on the modern jade renaissance in China and the contemporary jades which the British Museum has bought and are now displayed in the newly renovated Selwyn and Ellie Alleyne Gallery which HM The Queen opened last year.

Carol has been involved in many exhibitions at the British Museum, including Gilded Dragons in 1999, The First Emperor in 2007 and an exhibition of jades and bronzes from the Shanghai Museum in 2009.  In 2010 she helped organize an exhibition of Qin and Han dynasty (221 BC – AD 220) material in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, and in 2013 she curated and wrote the catalogue for an exhibition on the Terracotta Army and Treasures of the First Emperor and the Han dynasty in Finland. In 2015 she was the consultant for an exhibition on the First Emperor and Han dynasty in Denmark.

Carol is also a trustee of private ivory and jade collections and was President of the Oriental Ceramic Society between 2003 and 2006.

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