Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911

Celestial Empire poster
This exhibition brings together material from the National Library of Australia (NLA) and the National Library of China to provide a window into the diversity of life under the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), China's last imperial dynasty. The exhibition will be the largest that the National Library of China has ever mounted overseas. Objects from the National Library of China include drawings of imperial structures from the archives of the Lei family, listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2007, as well as maps, ink rubbings, rare books and folk art. Material on display from the NLA's Chinese holdings include illustrated works depicting the concerns of everyday life, many drawn from the collection of the London Missionary Society acquired by the NLA in 1961.

Entry is free but bookings are essential (timed entry). Tours will be available in English and Chinese.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the NLA's website.

For events accompanying the exhibition, please refer to the NLA's events listing.

The ANU Australian Centre on China in the World is an Associate Partner of the exhibition.

Dates & times

Saturday, 2 January 2016

10.00am - 5.00pm


Exhibition Gallery, National Library of Australia, Parkes Place, Canberra

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