Chinese and British

Open until Sun 23 Apr 2023
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A free exhibition exploring British Chinese communities and culture.

Chinese communities have been calling the UK home for much longer than many realise. Many are able to trace their heritage to regions across East and Southeast Asia, which has led to a rich and diverse culture across the UK.

In this new free display at the British Library we reflect on this long history through photographs, manuscripts and interviews with those who have lived through it. 

Meet remarkable individuals from British Chinese communities across the UK. Listen to personal accounts of merchant seamen. Get to know the local business owners who set up Europe’s first Chinatowns. Be inspired by the scientists, artists and writers breaking new ground. And uncover the challenges that British Chinese people have encountered through the centuries, and continue to face today.

Join us to celebrate the history and impact of this vibrant community, and to understand what it really means to be Chinese and British.

Simplified Chinese translation booklet (PDF)

Traditional Chinese translation booklet (PDF)

Free entry, drop in any time. Check our opening hours.

Visit the exhibition at a library near you. See our full list of venues.


華人的起源可以追溯至東亞和東南亞各個地區 。 這些多元的背景造就了英國豐富且多樣的文化。






You can view and download a digital copy of the Chinese and British large print guide (PDF).

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Image credit: © Henry W and Albert A Berg Collection of English and American Literature, The New York Public Library.

Chinese and British has been curated by Dr Lucienne Loh at the University of Liverpool and Dr Alex Tickell at the Open University in collaboration with the British Library.


Name: Chinese and British
Where: PACCAR 2
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: -
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Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546