Emma Harrison

Emma Goodliffe British Library
Curator, Chinese Collections
Chinese studies
Related Offices
UK China Library Group (member), European Association of Sinological Librarians (member), National Committee for Information Resources on Asia (member)

Having completed a degree in Oriental Studies: Chinese (with Japanese) at the University of Oxford, Emma began work at the British Library as the International and Data Support Assistant for the International Dunhuang Project (IDP). She joined the section as Curator, Chinese Collections in June 2015 and began managing the Chinese section’s retro-conversion and cataloguing projects in July 2016.

Her interests include traditional Chinese book culture (particularly the evolution of book formats and printing) and various aspects of Chinese linguistics, such as the development of script, approaches to transliteration, and the mechanics of humour and wordplay.

With Susan Whitfield and Sara Chiesura she curated the Treasures Gallery exhibition Beyond Paper: 3000 Years of Chinese Writing (8 September 2015 – 17 January 2016).

She regularly contributes to the Asian and African Studies Blog.

Collection guides

Chinese collection

Includes over 100,000 printed books and 2,500 periodical titles in Chinese

Chinese oracle bones

Among the oldest items in the British Library

Chinese propaganda posters

89 posters dating from 1950 to 1982

Chinese stamps

19th and 20th-century stamps from China

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