Following on from the success of The Making of Chinatown exhibition this summer, we were awarded a small fund from the Linbury Trust to curate a smaller pop up version of the exhibition to travel across London venues in 2020.
The exhibition brought us more than we could have imagined from exceeding our visitor numbers to nearly 3,500 in 10 weeks to presenting us with a variety of visitors who wanted to share their own story of helping shape Chinatown. We also had some amazing feedback from British Born Chinese visitors who commented that the exhibition gave a platform to recognise and celebrate their parents migration story as well as other visitors who didn’t really how much history there is to Chinatown and what it took to get it to be part of the London cultural landscape. Below are just a few of our favourite visitor comments;
“Very good exhibition highlighting the stories of everyday people and celebrating diversity. Many stories and aspects of history may be lost without these great events.”
“Great eye opener! I have been in the UK since 1971, but never really got to know the background/history of Chinatown. Now I can pass that knowledge to our next generation.”
“Very interesting and informative exhibition. We often walk through but never knew this much about the area and history of Chinese immigrants in the UK.”
With funding from the Linbury Trust we are now able to create a smaller version of the exhibition which will tour across a variety of venues in London, from libraries to community centres, allowing more people to enjoy and interact with the stories.
We’re delighted to have secured a number of venues including:
Westminster City Archives: Tue 14th Jan – Sat 22nd Feb
Beckton Library: Thurs 2nd April – Thurs 30th April
Charing Cross Library: Tues 14th July – Sat 22nd August
Hackney Chinese Community Centre: September dates TBC
Woolwich Library: Mon 5th Oct – Fri 13th Nov
The exhibition will be free and open every day across most venues. Please keep the stories of how Chinatown came into being alive by visiting.