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New Exhibitions

All of our exhibitions are free. Exhibitions at Islington Museum and Local History Centre are listed below.

Our events and children's events are listed separately and the Islington events diary also provides details of all council events. 

FROM EAST TO WEST: Chinese life in London since 1900

Friday 5 December 2014 - Saturday 26 February 2015

Venue: Islington Museum

Admission: Free

Explore the life experiences of Chinese people in London from 1900 to the present day in this new and fascinating exhibition at Islington Museum.

The Chinese community has contributed much to Britain’s economy and British society and is one of the oldest communities in London. It is frequently associated with spectacular celebrations at Chinese New Year and delicious cuisine but it has much more to offer.

While Chinatown in London’s West End remains an important focal point for the Chinese, the community also has a strong presence in all parts of the city, including Islington.

London is home to Chinese schools and community centres, offering education, advice and activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Chinese community in London is very diverse and, although undergoing constant change and development, it maintains its unique cultural identity.

'From East to West' offers a deeper insight into Chinese heritage and culture and shows how the community has developed since first settling in London. You are invited to explore the background and life experiences of the first Chinese immigrants to the capital, as well as discovering the treasures of Chinese culture, including art, calligraphy and traditions that continue to practised and presented in London and beyond.

A series of workshops and activities will accompany the exhibition, which is part of the British Chinese Workforce Heritage project run by Ming-Ai (London) Institute.

Details of workshops and actvitied will be posted on our What's On page when confirmed.