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The Aftermath of the First Sino-Japanese War: The Lease of the New Territories and Weihaiwei Exhibition Catalogue

The Aftermath of the First Sino-Japanese War: The Lease of the New Territories and Weihaiwei Exhibition Catalogue


Produced by Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in April 2014
Soft cover, 176 pp
Price: HK$100
ISBN: 978-962-7039-81-5


The New Territories in Hong Kong and Weihaiwei in Shandong were leased to Britain at around the same time in 1898, and both were placed under the administration of the British Colonial Office. Sir James Stewart Lockhart and Sir Reginald Johnston both started out in the civil service as Hong Kong Cadets and ended their political careers as Commissioner in Weihaiwei. They brought the wealth of experience of effective administration that they had accumulated in office in Hong Kong to Weihaiwei and formulated many policies in Britain's 32-year lease of Weihaiwei. They were both 'old China hands' with a passion for Chinese culture and preserving traditional Chinese customs, but as colonial officers they were obliged to conduct the tasks assigned to them by the British government. Their work included strengthening the colonies' domains and protecting Britain's political and economic interests in the Far East, and they achieved this ends by implementing policies such as 'controlling the Chinese with the Chinese'. Based on extensive material drawn from the Collection of Sir James Stewart Lockhart held by the National Library of Scotland, this catalogue will provide an insight into how Britain implemented its governing policies in the leased lands, as well as showcase the unique social settings of the New Territories and Weihaiwei at the turn of the last century.

 

 

Images Through Time: Photos of Old Hong Kong Exhibition Catalogue (Reprint)


Produced by Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in June 2014
Hard cover, 428 pp
Price: HK$250
ISBN: 978-962-7039-80-8


To complement the "Images Through Time: Photos of Old Hong Kong" exhibition, the Hong Kong Museum of History has produced a fully illustrated catalogue featuring about 500 rarely seen photos of various themes, including grand celebrations, food culture, disasters, occupations, transport, leisure activities, as well as the transformation in people's lives and cityscape, selected from the museum's collections and "The Moonchu Collection of Early Photography of China". Supplemented with detailed descriptions, this catalogue will give readers a better understanding of the introduction of photography to China and the historical developments of Hong Kong from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century.

The catalogue, published in December 2013, was sold out in March 2014. The second edition was revised and published in June 2014.

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A Century of Fashion: Hong Kong Cheongsam Story Exhibition Catalogue

A Century of Fashion: Hong Kong Cheongsam Story Exhibition Catalogue


Produced by Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in November 2013
Soft cover, 196 pp
Price: HK$100
ISBN: 978-962-7039-78-5


Presenting a comprehensive record of the exhibition on the cheongsam held in conjunction with the ‘Hong Kong Week 2013@ Taipei', this catalogue features a wealth of insightful articles, images of exhibit highlights and historical photographs. Fully illustrated and divided into three main sections – "The Emergence and Development of the Cheongsam in Hong Kong", "Hong Kong's Cheongsam Tailors and their Craft" and "Cheongsam Legends in Hong Kong" – it will allow the reader to gain a deeper understanding of the historical and social contexts in which the cheongsam developed and the processes that have made the dress an everlasting classic in Hong Kong.

 

 

"The Splendours of Royal Costume: Qing Court Attire" Exhibition Catalogue (Two-volume set) (Sold Out)


Produced by Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in July 2013
Soft cover, Vol. I: 327 pp; Vol.II: 75 pp
Price: HK$230
ISBN: 978-962-7039-77-8


Volume I contains images and illustrations of some one hundred and thirty rare items / sets of the Qing court attire from The Palace Museum Collection, comprising Official Costumes, Festive Costumes, Regular Costumes, Travel Costumes, Military Costumes and Leisure Costumes, complemented by Q&A sections and images of palace paintings and other pictures to help readers understand the characteristics of the Qing court attire.

Volume II contains six monographs written by specialists of The Palace Museum on topics related to the Qing court attire, complemented by pictures. These monographs represent the fruition of The Palace Museum specialists' research in the area of the Qing court attire.

 

 

 

Dr Sun Yat-sen & Hong Kong: Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum Exhibition Catalogue

Dr Sun Yat-sen & Hong Kong: Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum Exhibition Catalogue


Produced by Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in July 2013
Hard cover, 316 pp
Price: HK$155
ISBN: 978-962-7039-76-1


Featuring insightful articles and around 500 historical images and maps, this newly edited catalogue is divided into three main sections: ‘Dr Sun Yat-sen and Modern China' explores Dr Sun's life and his path from school to revolution; ‘Hong Kong in the Time of Dr Sun Yat-sen' explains why Hong Kong proved to be such an effective staging post for Dr Sun's revolutionary cause in terms of timing, geographical convenience and human talent; ‘The Development of the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum' looks at the history of the 100-year-old Kom Tong Hall, which houses the museum today, as well as the colourful life of its original owner, Ho Kom-tong. Shedding light on the indissoluble links that connect Dr Sun with Hong Kong, the catalogue pays tribute to this great historical figure on the 130th anniversary of his first visit to the territory.

 

 

 

Exhibition Catalogue of

Exhibition Catalogue of "The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia" (Sold Out)


Produced by Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in January 2013
Soft cover, 264 pp
Price: HK$105
ISBN: 978-962-7039-74-7


To tie in with "The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia" exhibition, the Hong Kong Museum of History has produced a fully illustrated catalogue to introduce the history of ancient Mesopotamia. This catalogue explores significant episodes of ancient Mesopotamian history from 3500 BC to 539 BC – the birth of cities in Sumer, the powerful military empire of Assyria and the development and legacy of cosmopolitan Babylon. Supplemented with detailed descriptions, this catalogue will let you understand the wonders of ancient Mesopotamia.

 

 

 

Exhibition Booklet of

Exhibition Booklet of "The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia" (Sold Out)


Produced by Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in January 2013
Soft cover, 92 pp
Price: HK$45
ISBN: 978-962-7039-75-4

The Hong Kong Museum of History has published a booklet to supplement "The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia" exhibition.  Featuring 45 highlight exhibits and 26 articles, this booklet will provide readers with a better understanding of the significant episodes of ancient Mesopotamian history.

 
Exhibition Catalogue of The Majesty of All Under Heaven - The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor

Exhibition Catalogue of "The Majesty of All Under Heaven - The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor" (Sold Out)


Produced by Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in July 2012
Soft cover, 288 pp
Price: HK$170
ISBN: 978-962-7039-71-6


To tie in with "The Majesty of All Under Heaven: The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor" exhibition, the Hong Kong Museum of History has produced a fully illustrated catalogue to introduce the history of Qin, the construction and cultural relics of the Mausoleum of Qin Shihuang as well as China's policy on the conservation of national large-scale sites of Qin Culture. The catalogue not only contains rich information on the Qin culture, but also helps enhance the readers' understanding of Qin's cultural development through detailed descriptions, illustrations and drawings.

 

 

Exhibition Booklet of The Majesty of All Under Heaven - The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor

Exhibition Booklet of "The Majesty of All Under Heaven - The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor"


Produced by Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in July 2012
Soft cover, 116 pp
Price: HK$30
ISBN: 978-962-7039-72-3


The Hong Kong Museum of History has published a booklet to supplement "The Majesty of All Under Heaven: The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor" exhibition. Featuring 15 articles and images of the highlight exhibits, the booklet briefly discusses the history of Qin, the construction and cultural relics of the Mausoleum of Qin Shihuang, as well as China's policy on the conservation of national large-scale sites of Qin Culture.

 

Hong Kong Currency

Hong Kong Currency


Produced by Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in March 2012
Soft cover, 308 pp
Price: HK$150
ISBN: 978-962-7039-70-9


In conjunction with the "Hong Kong Currency" exhibition, the Hong Kong Museum of History produced this catalogue to illustrate the development of Hong Kong's coinage and paper money from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Included in this catalogue are images of early coinage and notes, as well as the bauhinia coins and the 2010 banknote series in circulation in Hong Kong today. Our currency bears silent witness to the changes that have taken place in people's livelihoods over the century. Supplemented with detailed descriptions and invaluable historical photographs, this catalogue will let you understand the evolution of our currency in depth.

 

The Evergreen Classic – Transformation of the Qipao

The Evergreen Classic – Transformation of the Qipao


Produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in December 2011
Soft cover, 276pp
Price: HK$150
ISBN: 978-962-7039-69-3


Back in 2010, we joined forces with the Institute of Textiles & Clothing of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to organise "The Evergreen Classic – Transformation of the Qipao", an exhibition that was enthusiastically received by the public and widely reported in the media. Now, to allow a wider audience to appreciate the beauty of qipao, we have specially produced this catalogue presenting most of the valuable exhibits and images that were showcased in the exhibition. It illustrates the origins and history of the qipao: how the development of this classic Chinese dress was intricately related to socio-cultural changes between the 1920s and 1960s; how it survived after the 1970s when it was no longer worn as daily attire and was later transformed into a cultural icon; and how designers today have "fashionised" and modernised the qipao to ensure its continual evolution.

Including a free DVD set containing video clips of some of the exhibit highlights and capturing details of a fine selection of qipao, the catalogue is a must-have for all qipao lovers and anyone interested in fashion, design or social history of Mainland China!

 

Road to China's 1911 Revolution

Road to China's 1911 Revolution


Produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in August 2011
Soft cover, 176pp
Price: HK$80
ISBN: 978-962-7039-68-6


2011 marks the centenary of the Xinhai Revolution. To commemorate this watershed event at the turn of the last century, the Hong Kong Museum of History has published a fully illustrated catalogue detailing invaluable artefacts from Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas and featuring over 300 historical photographs as well as 100 copies of woodblock prints and pictorial newspapers. Offering a comprehensive account of the relationship between Hong Kong and the Xinhai Revolution, the campaigns of the reformist and revolutionary camps to save China, the Late Qing Reform in the last decade of the Qing dynasty and the major incidents that occurred between the Wuchang Uprising and the founding of the Republic of China, the catalogue bears testimony to the sacrifices made by people from all walks of life and their efforts both before and after the Xinhai Revolution to make China a strong nation.

 

Hong Kong, Benevolent City: Tung Wah and the Growth of Chinese Communities

Hong Kong, Benevolent City: Tung Wah and the Growth of Chinese Communities


Produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in October 2010
Soft cover, 176pp
Price: HK$120
ISBN: 978-962-7039-67-9


In conjunction with the special exhibition Hong Kong, Benevolent City: Tung Wah and the Growth of Chinese Communities, the Hong Kong Museum of History published this catalogue to feature Tung Wah's contribution in serving Hong Kong in medical care, disaster relief, education, social services and cultural preservation; its burial service in particular highlights the significant role of Hong Kong in bringing together mainland and overseas Chinese. From a civil charitable organization to a modern charitable enterprise, Tung Wah grows with Hong Kong, and its presence is felt in all walks of life; its services witness Hong Kong's contribution in uniting mainland and overseas Chinese.

 

Modern Metropolis – Material Culture of Shanghai and Hong Kong

Modern Metropolis – Material Culture of Shanghai and Hong Kong (Sold Out)


Produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in April 2009
Soft cover, 176pp
Price: HK$135
ISBN: 978-962-7039-64-8


When modernisation of China's cities took off during the 1840s, Shanghai was a county town while Hong Kong was a fishing village, but both developed into thriving metropolises over the course of time. The people of Shanghai and Hong Kong gained an in-depth understanding of modern civilisation through intimate contact with western goods, regulations and systems. In the one hundred years since opening to foreign trade, residents of the two cities had witnessed dramatic changes, from everyday life to outlook on life and social norms. Life in the twin cities was a cosmopolitan mixture of Chinese and western cultures, serving as hallmarks of the cities' modernisation. Featuring some 200 sets of artefacts with supplementary historical photos, this catalogue gives a vivid account of the city characters and people's lifestyles that distinguished Shanghai and Hong Kong from the traditional cities further inland. Don't miss the chance to own a copy of this well illustrated catalogue, and feel the charisma of Shanghai and Hong Kong as modern metropolises!

 

Heavenly Horse- The Horse in Chinese Art and Culture

Heavenly Horse- The Horse in Chinese Art and Culture


Produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in July 2008
Hard cover, 176pp
Price: HK$210
ISBN: 978-962-7039-63-1


A Fully illustrated catalogue comprises a total of 60 horse related artefacts selected from 28 museums and cultural institutes in 14 provinces, including bronze, jade and pottery ware as well as paintings. The Bronze Horse Head form Yuanmingyuan (the Old Summer Palace) of the Qing dynasty is also featured. With three excellent articles by Prof. Yang Hong, Prof. Sun Ji and Prof. Lin Meicun, the catalogue serves as useful reference for those who are interested in the role of horse in Chinese art and culture.

 

The Development of Banks in Shanghai and Hong Kong

The Development of Banks in Shanghai and Hong Kong


Produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Shanghai Bank Museum
Published in November 2007
Hard cover, 272pp
Price: HK$200
ISBN: 978-962-7039-61-7


As two of the world's most advanced financial centres, Shanghai and Hong Kong are home to sophisticated financial institutions and extensive transaction networks. Although the banking industries in Shanghai and Hong Kong have been shaped by different historical circumstances, their native banks maintained business relationships with each other, while a number of domestic and foreign-funded banks also developed their business in both cities at the same time. Featuring some 500 artefacts and about 100 historical photographs, this catalogue provides a comprehensive record of the banks in these two financial centres and how the local co-operation between them complemented their development. With a journey through time, you will be amazed at the banking development of the twin cities over the past 150 years.

 

Archery Traditions of Asia

Archery Traditions of Asia (Sold Out)


Edited and produced by the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
Published in Oct 2003
Soft cover, 80pp, Full Colour printing
Price: HK$100
ISBN 962–7039–47–0


This publication is complied to complement the thematic exhibition of the same title currently displayed at the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence and to let the readers have a better understanding of the development and features of the Asian traditional archery. Supplemented with colourful drawings and photographs, it introduces the historical development of bows and arrows, the differences between modern bows and traditional bows, the physics of the Chinese traditional bows, the making of traditional bows and arrows, famous Chinese archery inventions, Chinese archery technique and the living traditional archery in other Asian cultures.

 

Major Archaeological Discoveries of China in Recent Years

Major Archaeological Discoveries of China in Recent Years


Edited and produced by Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in July 2007
Soft cover, 64 pp
Price: HK$50
ISBN 978-962-7039-60-0


This catalogue is compiled to complement the "Major Archaeological Discoveries of China in Recent Years" exhibition. It reveals the major achievements of Chinese archaeology over the past decades and collects the cultural relics excavated at over 20 archaeological sites in nine provinces throughout the nation. From the Neolithic jade ware unearthed from Lingjiatan in Anhui province to the Shang and Zhou dynasties bronze ware from Yin Ruins in Henan province and Mei county in Shaanxi province; from the baixi acrobat tomb figures of Qinshihuang to the jade burial suit sewn with silver threads of the Chu Prince in the Western Han dynasty; from the three-colour glazed pottery and the painted sarcophagus of the High Tang dynasty to the Southern Song and Qing dynasties porcelain recovered from shipwrecks in the South China Sea, with a long period spanning from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty.

 

Collected Essays on Foreign-educated Students of Modern China

Collected Essays on Foreign-educated Students of Modern China


Produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Editors: Joseph S.P. Ting, Chow Kai-wing, Wong Yin-lee
Published in March 2006
Soft cover, 529pp
Price: HK$115
ISBN: 978-962-7039-56-3


From the mid-19th century onwards, being awakened by the powerful battleships and ammunition of the West, the young Chinese intelligentsia went abroad to Europe, the United States and Japan for education with an eye to strengthening China, by bringing about radical changes to society and the modernization of China. A total of 38 selected papers (37 in Chinese and 1 in English) on foreign-educated students of modern China, written by scholars and experts from the United States, Japan, the Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong, are included in this publication. It is not to be missed by all who wish to better understand the history of the Chinese students studying abroad in modern China, the touching stories of their studies and their contributions to the motherland.

 

Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb

Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb


Edited and produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in October 2005
Soft cover, 80pp
Price: HK$55
ISBN: 978-962-7039-53-5


Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb has full details of the 58 funerary objects discovered in the tomb. The excavation report of Professor F. S. Drake "On the Excavation of an Ancient Tomb East of the Li Cheng Uk (李鄭屋)Resettlement Area, at the End of Tonkin Street, Sham Shui Po" is also included in the book. Professor Jao Tsung-i has kindly contributed an article "Introduction to 'Panyu' during the Eastern Han Dynasty to the Three Kingdoms Period Based on Inscriptions on Bricks" and his inscriptions on the front cover. This book is a useful reference for readers who are interested in the Han culture in South China and the early Hong Kong history.

 

East Meets West: Cultural Relics from the Pearl River Delta Region

East Meets West: Cultural Relics from the Pearl River Delta Region


Produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in September 2005
Soft cover, 256pp
Price: HK$100
ISBN: 978-962-7039-55-1


Concurrent with the staging exhibition, "East Meets West: Cultural Relics from the Pearl River Delta Region", a comprehensive catalogue featuring some 160 exhibits from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau has been published by the Hong Kong Museum of History. Under the main theme of "East Meets West", these exhibits serve to unveil the significance of the trio in the context of overseas trade and the East-West exchanges. Apart from the detailed descriptions in Chinese and English, the catalogue is supplemented by photographs and maps, rendering it a handy reference for the study of China's "Maritime Silk Route".

 

Impressions of the East : The Art of George Chinnery

Impressions of the East : The Art of George Chinnery


Edited by the Hong Kong Museum of History, designed by The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
Published in June 2005
Price: HK$180
ISBN 978-962-7039-54-3


This catalogue is compiled to complement the exhibition "Impressions of the East: The Art of George Chinnery". It features over 180 masterpieces of the famous British George Chinnery who was active in the south China coast in the mid-19th century. The catalogue gives a full account of Chinnery's artistic career and the development of his styles spanning over his years in England, India and south China.

 

Hunting and Rituals - Treasures from the Ancient Dian Kingdom of Yunnan

Hunting and Rituals - Treasures from the Ancient Dian Kingdom of Yunnan


Edited and produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in November 2004
Soft cover, 208pp
Price: HK$110
ISBN 978-962-7039-52-7


To coincide with the special exhibition "Hunting and Rituals: Treasures from the Ancient Dian Kingdom of Yunnan", a comprehensive catalogue comprising a total of 118 rare and invaluable exhibits of the ancient Dian culture is published by the Hong Kong Museum of History to introduce the economy, religion, military affairs, fine arts as well as the way of life of the Dian kingdom. Besides detailed descriptions in both Chinese and English, the catalogue also includes a special article "Bronze Culture of the Red Earth Plateau" by Mr Dai Zongpin of the Yunnan Provincial Museum. This catalogue is a useful reference book for those who are interested in the history and culture of Yunnan and the ancient Dian civilization.

 

Serving Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Volunteers

Serving Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Volunteers


Produced by the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
Published in May 2004
Hard cover, 190 pp, full colour printing
Price: HK$160
ISBN 978-962-7039-51-9


Established in 1854, the "Hong Kong Volunteers" was also known as the "Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps" and the "Royal Hong Kong Regiment". In the early days, the Force recruited members from the elite group. As times went by, different classes of the society and different ethnic groups also joined the Force. Despite volunteers, they received professional training. Their missions were to make contributions to the society and protect their home. They fought bravely against the Japanese during invasion, maintained law and order during riots and social unrests, as well as rescuing victims during natural disasters. They served in Hong Kong during the most difficult times. Although the Force was disbanded in 1995, its spirit and contributions are much appreciated.

This publication comprises essays on the historical development of the Hong Kong Volunteers and the experiences of its members. It records the glorious history of the Hong Kong Volunteers in the past 150 years.

 

Modern Chinese Naval History: New Perspectives

Modern Chinese Naval History: New Perspectives


Produced by the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
Editors: Lee Kam-keung, Mak King-sang, So Wai-chor, Joseph S.P. Ting
Published in April 2004
Soft cover, 457 pp, black & white printing
Price: HK$100
ISBN 978-962-7039-49-7


Over the past millennia, China's enemies came mainly from the north. Therefore, frontier fortification was the main strategy of national defence in ancient China. From the 19th century onward, fleets of warships despatched by the Western powers caused disturbance along the seaboard. The vitalisation of coastal defence and the resistance of foreign aggression became the focus of discussion among government officials and the common people. This book has a collection of 26 papers which discuss various aspects of Modern China's maritime defence including theories and historical figures of maritime defence, district defence, historical document of maritime defence, naval construction, navy and diplomacy.

 

The Defence of Hong Kong - Collected Essays on the Hong Kong-Kowloon Brigade of the East River Column

The Defence of Hong Kong - Collected Essays on the Hong Kong-Kowloon Brigade of the East River Column


Edited and produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in April 2004
Soft cover, 416 pp
Price: HK$130
ISBN 978-962-7039-50-0


Led by the Communist Party of China, the anti-Japanese guerrillas launched guerrilla attacks all over Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories during the Japanese occupation period (1941-1945), and rescued Chinese intellectuals and international friends. They formed the Hong Kong-Kowloon Brigade of the East River Column, dealt a great blow to Japanese rule in Hong Kong, and contributed much to China's resistance efforts against Japanese aggression. The Hong Kong Museum of History compiles a collection of papers with contributions from Hong Kong and mainland scholars and veteran fighters of the former Hong Kong-Kowloon Brigade. This book illustrates the significant role played by the Brigade in resisting the Japanese.

 

A Century of Self-Strengthening - Information CD-ROM on the History of Modern China (Chinese Version)

"A Century of Self-Strengthening - Information CD-ROM on the History of Modern China" (Chinese Version)


Produced by Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in April 2004
Price: HK$20


China's long history has been a topic of research interest for many Chinese and foreign scholars. China has experienced the great transformation over the past hundred years or so, in particular, evolving from a poor and backward country into a flourishing and strong nation. In fact, China has made great efforts on her road to modernization. This CD-ROM comprises major events of China in the past hundred years or so from the late-Qing period in the 19th century to the reunification of Hong Kong with China in 1997. Through a display of rich textual information illustrated with over 200 photos and maps, 10 valuable video clips, 5 recordings of speeches made by important persons and other sound effects, which are supported also by diversified search functions, this CD-ROM will prove very useful in helping you to understand better the history of modern China.

 

Hong Kong Museum of History Brief Guide (2nd Edition)

Hong Kong Museum of History Brief Guide (3rd Edition)


Edited and produced by Hong Kong Museum of History
Revised and reprinted in July 2010
Soft cover, 70 pp, full colour printing
Price: HK$42, ISBN 978-962-7039-66-2


This book highlights the facilities and exhibitions of Hong Kong Museum of History and its branch museums – Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum and Law Uk Folk Museum. Enriched with useful information and photos, this guidebook is a perfect memento for every visitor.

 

War and Peace – Treasures of the Qin and Han Dynasties

War and Peace – Treasures of the Qin and Han Dynasties


Edited and produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in November 2002
Soft cover, 160 pp, full colour printing
Price: HK$100, ISBN 978-962-7039-43-8


This catalogue is compiled to complement the "War and Peace: Treasures of the Qin and Han Dynasties" exhibition staged at the Hong Kong Museum of History from 27 November to 17 March 2003. With more than 100 illustrations, the catalogue gives a full record of 100 sets of artefacts on display in the exhibition. The catalogue also contains a feature essay on the recent archaeological finds of the Qin and Han dynasties in Shaanxi province, which gives readers a better understanding of the background of these invaluable cultural relics.

 

The Hong Kong Story Information CD-Rom

"The Hong Kong Story" Information CD-Rom


Edited and produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in December 2002
Price: HK$40


In order to allow the general public to browse the fascinating exhibit settings beyond the physical limitation and time constraint, the Museum has produced this information CD-Rom to present a detailed picture of "The Hong Kong Story" in an interactive way. With this CD-Rom, you will be free to walk through any gallery you would like to explore. The 360-degree images with sound effects offer an impressive understanding of the exhibition. It is hoped that readers can plunge into this 400 million years of historical and cultural journey whenever they like.

 

 

City of Victoria (CD-ROM)

"City of Victoria" (CD-ROM)


Edited and produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in December 2002
Price: HK$80, ISBN 978-962-7039-39-10


The CD-ROM on "City of Victoria" presents the development of the Central District, Sheung Wan, Western District (Sai Ying Pun, Shek Tong Tsui and Kennedy Town), Wan Chai (Admiralty and Wan Chai), Causeway Bay (Wong Nai Chung, Happy Valley and East Point) and the Mid-Levels from 1841 up to the outbreak of the Second World War through digital terrain models and historical photographs from the Museum's collection. Besides, to let users acquire a better understanding of the historical development of the City of Victoria, an interactive computer game is installed.

 

History and Relics of the Great Wall

History and Relics of the Great Wall


Produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in June 2002
Soft cover, 220 pp, full colour printing
Price: HK$100, ISBN 978-962-7039-42-10


As a fortification running thousands of miles through many provinces, cities and autonomous regions, as well as a unique subject in the longstanding history of China, the Great Wall has been closely associated with the evolution of this multi-national country ever since its appearance over 2,000 years ago. This publication is meant to give readers a better idea of the structure and history of the Great Wall as well as the cultures of various nationalities within and beyond its precincts, so as to highlight the integral and diverse characteristics of Chinese culture. The publication features 117 sets of historical artifacts discovered along the Great Wall, supplemented with colourful maps and reconstructions. It is hoped that readers can learn about the subject in a more entertaining and interesting manner.

 

 

A History of the Municipal Councils of Hong Kong : 1883 - 1999

A History of the Municipal Councils of Hong Kong : 1883 - 1999


Author: Y.W. Lau, Centre of Asian Studies, the University of Hong Kong, coordinated by the Hong Kong Museum of History, edited and produced by Hong Kong University Press
Published in February 2002
Hard cover, 270 pp, full colour printing
Price: HK$100, ISBN 978-962-7039-41-1


Shortly before its dissolution, the former Provisional Urban Council commissioned the Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong to research and publish a book on the history of the municipal councils which played a vital role in local environmental hygiene and provision of leisure and cultural services. The book covers the entire history of the municipal councils in Hong Kong, commencing with the establishment of the Sanitary Board in 1883, which was renamed the Urban Council in 1935 subsequent to expansion of its functions and powers, the founding of the Regional Council in 1986 to December 1999 when the history of the two Councils came to an end.

 

 

Heavenly Creations - Gems of Ancient Chinese InventionsA History of the Municipal Councils of Hong Kong : 1883 - 1999

Heavenly Creations - Gems of Ancient Chinese Inventions


Chief editor: Kong Xiangxing, produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in September 1998
Soft cover, 257 pp, full colour printing
Price: HK$100, ISBN 978-962-7039-37-3


With the colour illustrations of some 250 artefacts, this catalogue gives a full record of the exhibits from "Heavenly Creations – Gems of Ancient Chinese Inventions" exhibition. It introduces ten categories of ancient inventions by the Chinese, namely astronomy, paper making, printing, compass, gunpowder, agriculture, textiles, ceramics, metallurgy and machinery, through which it is aimed at unfolding China's extraordinary achievements in science and technology in the past 3,000 years, as well as her contribution to world civilization.

 

 

History through Maps: An Exhibition of Old Maps of China

History through Maps: An Exhibition of Old Maps of China


Edited and produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in October 1997
Soft cover, 96 pp, full colour printing
Price: HK$92, ISBN 978-962-7039-36-5


The remarkable achievement of ancient Chinese cartography and surveying techniques has long been recognized internationally. Introduced in this book are 28 maps thoughtfully selected from the magnificent collection of ancient maps held in the National Library of China in Beijing. This book also features other maps of Hong Kong and China by courtesy of a local map collector, Mr S.C. Tam, and some on the territory pertaining to the Museum's collection. It is hoped that the publication would help promote the public's awareness and understanding of old maps of China in the study of China and Hong Kong, and bring out the importance of preserving Chinese culture through map collecting.

 

 

Forts and Batteries - Coastal Defence in Guangdong During the Ming and Qing Dynasties

Forts and Batteries - Coastal Defence in Guangdong During the Ming and Qing Dynasties


Author: Siu Kwok-kin, edited and produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in 1997
Soft cover, 125 pp, full colour printing
Price: HK$110, ISBN 978-962-7039-35-7


This book introduces the development of coastal defence measures in Guangdong during the Ming and Qing dynasties (14th to 19th centuries), with an emphasis on the history and geography of coastal forts and batteries. The official ranks and armaments of the period are also briefly examined.

 

 

The Maritime Silk Route - 2000 Years of Trade on the South China Sea
 

The Maritime Silk Route - 2000 Years of Trade on the South China Sea


Edited and produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in April 1996
Soft cover, 189 pp, full colour printing
Price: HK$130, ISBN 978-962-7039-34-9


Two commercial and cultural routes linked China with Europe in ancient times. One of them is the celebrated Silk Route began at Chang'an. The other one, known as the Maritime Silk Route, began at Guangzhou, crossed the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean to reach the Mediterranean. The Route had played an important role in the economic and cultural interflow between China and other countries in the past 2000 years. This book, a catalogue of a thematic exhibition of the same title, discusses the significance of the Maritime Silk Route, with an emphasis on the role played by the trio of Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau.

 

 

City of Victoria

City of Victoria


Authors: Joseph S.P. Ting, Wong Nai-kwan, edited and produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
First published in September 1994, second edition in February 1999
Soft cover, 107 pp, full colour printing
Price: HK$50, ISBN 978-962-7039-31-4


This book is a photo album showing the development of Hong Kong Island since it was occupied by the British in 1841. With selected historical photographs from the Museum's collection, it introduces the growth of the Western District, Sheung Wan, Central, Wanchai, Causeway Bay and the Mid-levels prior to the Second World War, providing a rich source for research in the early history of colonial Hong Kong.

 

 

Collected Essays on the Culture of the Ancient Yue People in South China

Collected Essays on the Culture of the Ancient Yue People in South China


Edited and produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in November 1993
Soft cover, 240 pp, full color printing
Price: HK$110, ISBN 978-962-7039-30-6


This book contains 16 papers presented by scholars from Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Beijing in the seminar entitled "Culture of Ancient Yue People in South China", which was organized by the Hong Kong Museum of History on 26-27 November 1993 as an extension activity for the "Archaeological Discoveries of Ancient Yue People in South China" exhibition. Based on the huge amount of archaeological data accumulated in Lingnan area in the past decade, scholars have traced the development of local Palaeolithic and Neolithic folks from various aspects such as archaeology, anthropology, history, ethnology and palaeo-ecology, and their research results are presented in these papers which give the readers a deeper understanding of the culture of ancient Yue people.

 

 

Gems of Liangzhu Culture from the Shanghai Museum

Gems of Liangzhu Culture from the Shanghai Museum


Edited and produced by the Hong Kong Museum of History
Published in April 1992
Soft cover, 240 pp, full colour printing
Price: HK$111, ISBN 978-962-7039-26-8


This exhibition catalogue contains colour photographs and detailed descriptions of the 93 artefacts from the "Gems of Liangzhu Culture from the Shanghai Museum" exhibition. These exhibits, selected from the Shanghai Museum, are exquisite artefacts of the Liangzhu, Songze and Dawenkou Cultures. An essay written by the Deputy Director of the Shanghai Museum which discusses the date, distribution, characteristics, origin and influence of Liangzhu Culture is also included in the book.