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The British Museum and The Plough

May 21, 2016 @ 2:15 pm - 6:00 pm

“I would ask you what do you know of the Emperor Shomu and how do you associate him with the Shoso-in near Nara? Dear me, does that puzzle you? Tell me a little about the Northern Wei dynasty and its place in the history of ceramics.”

Join us at the British Museum for a guided tour of the The Percival David Collection. Within this gallery of almost 1,700 objects are examples of the finest Chinese ceramics in the world, dating from the 3rd to the 20th century and amongst other items there are a large number of fine Ming dynasty (1368-1644) porcelains.

We will meet at 2.15pm at the steps to the Museum on Great Russell Street.

Our guide will be Jean Martin a recognised authority upon Chinese pottery.  She has lived in Singapore and Malaysia.  She read Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS); which included two units of Chinese Ceramics at the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art in Gordon Square.  Jean Martin was an Assistant Curator at the Percival David Foundation and from 1992 – 2005 Secretary Administrator of the Oriental Ceramic Society.

The British Museum is mentioned a number of times in the Sherlock Holmes stories and in particular Mr. Holmes investigated Stapleton's reputation and read up on voodooism on the premises.

After our tour we will adjourn to The Plough, a local public house, where we have arranged exclusive use of the upper room for the Dr Hill Barton Chinese pottery quiz and a well-deserved cup of tea.  In the tradition established by Dr Watson all participants have a period of no more than 24 hours to become expert in this subject and prepare for the quiz by whatever means they wish.

Many of you will recall the story of Henry Baker who was a member of the Alpha Inn Goose Club.  The Plough is generally recognised to be the original for the Alpha Inn.

This event, including the cup of tea, is entirely free but numbers are limited so early booking is advised.

  • Meet at 2.15pm at the steps to the Museum on Great Russell Street; nearest tube Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street and Russell Square
  • Charge –  There is no charge for this event  
  • Please note numbers are limited to 39

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May 21, 2016
2:15 pm - 6:00 pm
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The British Museum
Great Russell St
London, WC1B 3DG
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