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Photo Gallery - Opium, Silk and the Missionaries in China

Photo gallery of the Opium, Silk and the Missionaries in China exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS (18 May 2023 - 26 June 2023) that I visited on Thursday, 10th June 2021. All photographs © Sushma Jansari.

Info from the exhibition website:

Opium, Silk and the Missionaries in China retells one of the largely forgotten histories between Britain and China in the 19th Century.  

Drawing on several collections using artefacts to explore the history of the Opium Wars through botanical arts and tools; historical artefacts about silk; missionary work and intercultural shared experiences in China recorded by British Missionaries throughout this period. 

The exhibition includes sections looking at:

  • Story of the Opium Poppy species of flowering plant in the family Papaveraceae
  • Hong Kong taken from China as the fruits from the Opium War
  • ‘Grand Chop’ my ship sailed from China with a cargo of silk
  • The Mission from London to Canton
  • Gladys Aylward rejected by the China Inland Mission for her lack of education, she went to China as an independent missionary

The exhibition was produced with the support of and in collaboration with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; King’s College London; Royal Asiatic Society; SOAS Special Collections & Archives; Westminster City Archives, uncover hidden gems in archives,  a ‘Third Place’ to learn and reflect from history.

Introductory panels & leaflets

Display relating to Opium

Case 1

Wall panels

Wall panels - ‘Stages of cultivation of Papaver somniferum, and the production of opium, India’ 

Case 2

Case 3

Wall panel

Wall panel - Britain’s return of Hong Kong to China

Wall panels - The Mission + Anglo-Chinese

About the curator



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