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What's On

Featured exhibitions

Friday, December 9, 2016 - Sunday, May 21, 2017

A British Museum exhibition featuring a selection of delightfully detailed netsuke and other traditional Japanese male dress accessories.


Family activity
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Celebrate Japanese Children's Day, make a cool carp banner, dress up in our fantastic array of kimonos and take some selfies.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lecture by Professor Paul Bailey of Durham University. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oriental Museum, as part of the 2016/17 series.

Family activity
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Join us for crafts, meditation and traditional Buddha bathing. Suitable for all the family.

Family activity
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Design and create your own Chinese drum.

Family activity
Friday, June 2, 2017

Both men and women could be Japanese samurai warriors. Join us to create your own samurai helmet.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tomb robbers were a constant threat to burials in Egypt and so many ingenious and not so ingenious measures were taken to protect the tomb. From sandraulics to curses, the methods are discussed in this lecture.

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