Durham’s Olympic exhibition team head to Parliament

Young curators Sarah Pearson, Qian Wang, Liv Wanseth Gefvert and Anthony Everett have been volunteering at the Oriental Museum curating their exhibition: Made in China: Exports and Experiences.
Young curators Sarah Pearson, Qian Wang, Liv Wanseth Gefvert and Anthony Everett have been volunteering at the Oriental Museum curating their exhibition: Made in China: Exports and Experiences.
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TEENAGE curators working on an exhibition at Durham University’s Oriental Museum as part of the Olympics, took a trip to Parliament.

Sixth-formers working on the Stories of the World project attended an Arts in Parliament event to showcase their current exhibition Made in China: Exports and Experiences.

During their visit, they chatted with MPs, peers and members of the arts sector in historic Westminster Hall.

Made in China: Exports and Experiences explores relations between Britain and China from 1500 to the present day.

As part of the project, students explored the internationally-important Chinese collections at the museum, looked at material found during archaeological excavations in Durham City and explored the archives in Palace Green Library.

The students have also quizzed Chinese people to collect their memories.

The resulting exhibition ranges from early European maps of China and an English bishop’s chopstick holder to Olympic mascots.

Craig Barclay, Oriental Museum curator, said: “This exhibition explores the diverse range of objects and experiences that link Britain and China.

“The young people involved have committed a huge amount of their time at weekends and during the evenings over a year or more.

“The exhibition they have created reflects the hard work and creative thinking that has gone into the project.”

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project, Stories of the World, invites young people, aged 14 to 25, into museums and art galleries to reinterpret their collections in new and inspiring ways

The exhibition is on display until September 16.