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Special Exhibition

 

Introduction

Striving and Transforming – The History of Hong Kong Industry

17/6 - 24/8/2020

As early as the 19th century, foreign merchants developed large-scale industries in Hong Kong; there were also many family workshops producing everyday items by hand. Hong Kong industry germinated in the early 20th century with the emergence of light industries involving low-level skills. After the Second World War, Hong Kong was transformed from an entrepot to an export-oriented industrial economy – the city's export volume led the world. Hong Kong industry celebrated its heyday in the 1970s. "Made in Hong Kong" became an internationally recognised brand, resulting in a great improvement in people's living standards. In recent years, Hong Kong industries underwent another structural change. Although many factories were relocated to Mainland China, Hong Kong remained a base for decision making, product design and promotion. The city is also exploring new possibilities in the high-tech and creative industries.

Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, this exhibition showcases some 1,200 sets of classic Hong Kong-made products. In addition to documenting the history of Hong Kong industry over the past century, the exhibition explores the direction for future development, shows how industrialists strived for success, and pays tribute to the working class for its contribution to Hong Kong's industrial development.

 

Complimentary Promotion Items

During the "Striving and Transforming – The History of Hong Kong Industry" exhibition, we will present designated promotion items to all visitors of the exhibition. These items will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available while stock lasts.

Painted advertisement of Hong Kong Brewers and Distillers Ltd.

1930s
Hong Kong Heritage Museum collection

Ivory bridge sculpture, produced in Hong Kong

1950s to 1970s
Hong Kong Museum of History collection

Elephant-shaped coffee table of Kowloon Rattan Ware Co.

1960s
Hong Kong Heritage Museum collection

Flashlight crackers of Kwong Man Lung Firecracker Mfg. Co.

1920s to 1930s
Hong Kong Museum of History collection

Solar pressure lantern of Union Metal Works

1950s to 1970s
Hong Kong Museum of History collection

Electric torch, manufactured by a US brand in Hong Kong

1950s to 1970s
Hong Kong Museum of History collection

Chicks knitwear of Chun Au Knitting Factory

1990s
Hong Kong Heritage Museum collection

Five Stars antimony rice bucket of Wah Chong Metal Works

1960s
Hong Kong Museum of History collection

Camel thermal flask of Wei Yit Vacuum Flask Mfg. Ltd.

1950s to 1960s
Hong Kong Museum of History collection

Musical train of Plastic Manufacturing Corporation

1960s
Courtesy of Ms Angela Gardner

Red A faux crystal chandelier of Star Industrial Co.

1960s to 1970s
Hong Kong Museum of History collection

Mino transistor radio, manufactured in Hong Kong

1960s
Hong Kong Museum of History collection

Equity clock of Chiap Hua Clocks & Watches Ltd.

1950s
Hong Kong Heritage Museum collection

Diana-F camera of Great Wall Plastic Works

1960s
Hong Kong Museum of History collection

Admission Fee
Standard: HK$10
Group (20 persons or above): HK$7
Concessionary (Full-time students / people with disabilities and one accompanying carer / senior citizens): HK$5
Free admission for Museum Pass holders

Venue
Special Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Museum of History

Jointly presented by
Leisure & Cultural Services Department
Federation of Hong Kong Industries

Jointly organised by
Hong Kong Museum of History

Federation of Hong Kong Industries