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Made in China

Public appeal for household objects for Chinese display at the big new museum

Published on February 26th 2009.


Made in China

WE'VE got a Kermit desk lamp, we've got a set of plastic earphones if they want them, oh and a toilet roll holder.

But something tells us that's not what the new Museum of Liverpool has got in mind in its search for objects “Made in China”.

Curators of the new museum, which opens in 2010 at Mann Island, are looking for interesting things to include in an exhibition titled China, Shanghai and Liverpool, which forms the centrepiece of the museum’s Global City gallery.

There's a section within it called China at Home, which looks at how Chinese objects have become part of Liverpool households.

Victoria Newberry, assistant exhibition curator, said: “We are looking for objects which may include Chinese ornaments and small furniture items. We’re interested to know how these objects came into people’s possession,

where they are located in their homes and what significance they hold for them.”

In other words, none of your old tat.

So if you've got any noteworthy items that were made in China - dolls, teasets, ornaments, pooves - and you think they should take pride of place in the brand spanking new building at the Pier Head next year, here's what to do.

Take them very carefully to an open day on Wednesday 4 March, from 2 – 4pm at the Weston Discovery Centre, World Museum, William Brown Steet. Liverpool.

A valuation service will not be provided, but “museum staff will be on hand to offer advice and opinions about anything you bring”.

They'd better not laugh at our Chinese junk.

For further info call Victoria Newberry on 0151 478 4067.

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Doctor Fu ManchuFebruary 26th 2009.

I have a china plate, mate. What are "pooves"? Are they exclusive to The People's Republic of China? I was aware that certain specialised lavatory-related pooves were popularly available in Germany.

DigFebruary 26th 2009.

I've got a real life Chinaman at home. Don't know how he got in but he won't leave now. If somebody wants to come and take him away for the museum he's all yours.

Professor ChucklebuttyFebruary 26th 2009.

In once paid £1200 for what was supposed to be a whistle stop tour of China. When I got there they took me straight to a factory that manufactured the tops for whistles. After two hours they gave me a free whistle ( F# ) and shoved me back on the coach to the airport. It came as quite a blow. They can have the free souveignir whistle if they want although it got damaged when the surgeon removed it from my travel agent.

Mr. WuFebruary 26th 2009.

The pictures above would suggest the the Museum is only after junk, rather than snazzy electrical consumer durables.

Shanghai LilFebruary 26th 2009.

Are these "pooves" of the type with which I am familiar?

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