Course Title：Museum and local history: Hong Kong and the historical development of Sino-foreign sea trade
This activity is organized by Hong Kong Maritime Museum, through upgrades of the permanent galleries are gradually coming to fruition, with the completion of the new Humans and the ocean, showcasing selected objects from the Museum's themed galleries as an epilogue, as well as a prologue of the visitor experience, telling the stories between humans and the ocean in the past 6,000 years.
Interesting exhibits highlight key themes around the circulation of commodities, people and ideas across the Silk Road over time. This exhibition offers a glimpse into the spread of decorative style, religious ideas and the development of technology that came about as a result of centuries of trade and cultural connections between China and the world. The artefacts on display include materials from different cultures related to China – far and near. They include export ceramics from China and Southeast Asia, gemstones from Southeast and Central Asia, Mongolia and the Mediterranean, Turkish saddles decorated with textile pattern and ancient Roman glassware used in China. Some of the Chinese export ceramics on display demonstrate the influence of nomadic and Central Asian metalwork. By the late Qing period, the statue of Lin Zexu (1785-1850), a Chinese scholar-official who ordered the destruction of opium owned by foreign traders; Glass negatives of the Hong Kong and Whampoa dockyard glass negatives and a watercolour painting of Aberdeen provide a glimpse of the mid-20th century's local maritime history.