Extending cultural exchanges

Life in Georgian England exhibition Nanjing Museum ChinaAn exhibition of Life in Georgian England with artefacts from Essex and Suffolk has opened in Nanjing Museum in China. Essex International, Essex County Council’s international trade team and Deputy Leader of Essex County Council Cllr Kevin Bentley, attended the opening of the exhibition as part of a business visit to China to boost links between the East of England and Jiangsu Province.

The exhibition is the second part of a cultural heritage exchange which saw 70 exhibits from Nanjing Museum displayed at Colchester and Ipswich museums in 2012. The museum exchange project is a result of the 26-year relationship between Essex and Jiangsu, a relationship managed by Essex International.

“The business link between Jiangsu and the East of England has brought considerable investment into Essex and we are undertaking a number of meetings over the coming days to build further on this relationship.

This relationship of some 26 years originated as a cultural link, something we are keen to retain. I was delighted to help open the exhibition, and it was fantastic to see exhibits from Colchester Castle and Christchurch Mansion in the grand setting of Nanjing Museum.

I am sure that people in Nanjing will be as excited by this as Essex residents were about the Treasures of China exhibition held at Colchester Castle three years ago.”

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure

About the exhibition

Life in Georgian England exhibition Nanjing Museum China

There are over 90 artefacts from Colchester and Ipswich Museums in the Nanjing exhibition which were selected by ten students from Jiangsu who visited Colchester Castle and Christchurch Mansion earlier this year.

Exhibition themes include tea drinking, daily life, social life and the military. A video of their visit can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN0OGc1MpIs.

“I hope that visitors to Nanjing Museum enjoy their insight into life in Georgian England. It was a real pleasure meeting the students from Nanjing earlier this year. They put a great deal of thought into choosing their artefacts and I’m sure the exhibition is going to be fascinating. Hopefully it will encourage Chinese visitors to Colchester Castle.”

Cllr Tim Young, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Licensing and Culture

About Essex International

Essex International works with companies and organisations to help them make the most of the opportunities of the UK market in the case of Chinese organisations, and the Chinese market, in the case of UK organisations across a number of specific business themes . . .

  • Export to China – connecting companies to interested buyers in China
  • Inward Investment from China – helping UK regions attract inward investment
  • Student Recruitment in China - helping to recruit students from China for universities, colleges and schools
  • Development of Chinese Professionals – providing training to Chinese professionals through UK professional training institutions

Part of Essex International’s work throughout the 26 year relationship with Jiangsu Province has been facilitating cultural exchanges.

Essex International is currently on a business visit to China to boost links between the East of England and Jiangsu which could lead to millions of pounds of investment in Essex

Find out more about Essex International at – www.EssexInternational.org.

Peter Manning
Peter Manning

Head of Essex International

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Extensive 'in market' experience in China, India and the UK. 15 years in the fields of inward investment, international trade, international realtionships and business development. His experience of helping UK and Chinese businesses, universities and governments do business together has given Peter detailed knowledge of how to do business in China and a wide range of contacts. Peter has an MBA from Henley Business School (Reading University), and was awarded an OBE in 2019 in the New Year’s Honours List for UK/China Relations.