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China in Yorkshire

What was China in Yorkshire?

China in Yorkshire was a museum and arts festival that took place during 2008 when China hosted the Olympics.

Museums and galleries in Leeds, York, Sheffield and Keighley and many other Yorkshire museums, worked with their local Chinese communities to celebrate the Chinese collections we have and the wide range of Chinese cultural activities that go on in the region.

Leeds Museums and Galleries has over 1,900 Chinese items in its collections, and displayed over 400 of these in 2008. Leeds organised two exhibitions in partnership with groups like the Leeds Chinese Community Association.


The project was funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Renaissance Yorkshire.

Chinese Treasures was at Lotherton Hall near Aberford

China, Local and Global was in the Central Library Leeds 

The exhibitions covered the following themes:

To & Fro (connections between Yorkshire & China), Festivals and Faiths, Food & Drink, Clay & Ink, Fashion & Finesse, Performance and Play.


For more information about China in Yorkshire, projects, chinese objects, interactive games and more, click on the links below!   To listen to members of the Chinese Communities in Leeds, Sheffield and York tell their stories - visit our sister site My Yorkshire (see Related Links at the bottom of this page).


My Favourite Chinese Things!

A look at some of the chinese objects that children from Leeds Community Chinese School treasure and why!

A Chinese Women's Group Creates Textiles

Inspired by the collections at Temple Newsam House, Leeds Museums and Galleries.

Yong's China Quest!

An interactive game inspired by China in Yorkshire.

Chinese Handling Box

Created for and inspired by Temple Newsam House, created by artist Suna Xie.

Reconstructing Victorian Chinese-Silk Fabric

Follow the reconstruction of Victorian Chinese silk curtains dating from the late Victorian period at Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley.

The Art of Cloisonn é

Step-by-step pictorial guide to this ancient Chinese handicraft.

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