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What's On

Featured exhibitions

Friday, April 7, 2017 - Sunday, September 24, 2017

An exhibition exploring the role of the thousands of Chinese who risked their lives alongside the British armed forces during the First World War.


Family activity
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pop along to our object handling station and explore objects found in ancient Chinese tombs.

Family activity
Friday, July 28, 2017

A mini archaeological dig for children. All equipment provided. Be prepared to get muddy!

Family activity
Friday, August 4, 2017

A special early bird opening for children with autism, learning or sensory impairments.

Family activity
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Take inspiration from Molang the rabbit and create your own crazy character.

Family activity
Friday, August 11, 2017

Have a look at the swords on display in the galleries and create your own mighty weapon.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Make your own teapot in this creative workshop, led by Muddy Fingers Pottery expert tutors.

Family activity
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Explore the Oriental Museum's collection of Chinese ceramics and decorate your own mini vase to take home.

Family activity
Friday, August 18, 2017

A special early bird opening for children with autism, learning or sensory impairments.

Family activity
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Make your own personal calligraphy portrait and see yourself as never before.

Family activity
Friday, August 25, 2017

Follow in the footsteps of Charlotte and Lokesh and create your own special Japanese inro container.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Kasia is the director of research at Swansea University into the good and bad ‘demons’ the Egyptian believed inhabited the world with them (and us?). As the research project comes to an end, Kasia will present some of the main findings.

CBeebies Teacup Travels

Drop in to the Oriental Museum to see up close the real artefact that inspired Charlotte’s adventure in “Teacup Travels”; the exciting second series has just started on CBeebies (December 2016).

Teacup Travels is a treasure trove of epic adventure stories, which inspires audiences up and down the country by opening the door to ancient worlds and civilizations to young viewers. Each 15 minute episode revolves around Great Aunt Lizzie telling her fictional adventures in Ancient Greece, Edo Japan, the Viking Lands and the Mayan Empire and each story features a replica of an ancient artefact from a museum somewhere in the UK.

In series two, Great Aunt Lizzie’s magical stories are told to her niece Charlotte, and we are introduced to Lokesh, Charlotte’s cousin, who, whilst cradling a warming drink in one of Great Aunt Lizzie’s special teacups, are transported back through time to ancient lands, where the story begins.

The Oriental Museum’s curator Rachel Barclay, worked with the makers of Teacup Travels (Plum Films) to recreate the Inro and Netsuke from Edo Japan. Painstakingly re-made by Plum Films’ highly experienced and skilled prop- maker, the episodes were inspired by objects from the collection at the Oriental Museum. The tv production team has been truthful to the original artefacts, ensuring that they look the part through a detailed process of recording how the items were found, the state they were in, how they were originally used so that the replicas in the series are used properly by the cast.

Children can enjoy our Teacups Travel trail around our galleries, and become explorers just like Charlotte and Lokesh, having fun trying to find our objects from both Series 1 and Series 2.

You can find out more about the series at the CBeebies website where you can also download a printable Teacup Travels museum map which features an introduction to all of the artefacts featured in the series.

December 2016