Gallery 5: The British Period (1841-1860)
Once a guardroom, this gallery now covers two topics. The first part is about the history of Hong Kong's coastal defence from 1841 to 1860. A number of military facilities were constructed during this period to defend the territory. This part of the exhibition introduces the early development of British coastal fortifications in Hong Kong and the early topographical surveys undertaken by the Royal Engineers.
Such artefacts as Lieutenant Collinson's survey maps of Hong Kong, his letter to his mother, and a scale model of the Murray House can be found. In the second part, the history of the Second Opium War is explained graphically and with the display of a replica of the Treaty of Beijing.