Ipswich Museum exhibits set for journey to China

Ipswich Museum will be lending items for an exhibition in China.

Ipswich Museum will be lending items for an exhibition in China. - Credit: Archant

Up to 25 exhibits from Ipswich Museum could be heading to the other side of the world as part of an exhibition of Western culture to be held at Nanjing in China.

The exhibition is being held between October this year and January 2016 in what is the second largest museum in China.

The museum is interested in western art and craft works using materials, especially silk, that were sourced from China.

The objects – which have not yet been selected – will be part of a exhibition put together by Colchester and Ipswich Museums as a reciprocal exhibition following Colchester Castle’s “Treasures of China” exhibition in 2012.

Colchester will be supplying up to 45 objects for the exhibition.

Bryony Rudkin, Ipswich councillor with responsibility for culture, said the loan would be a welcome opportunity to show off the town on a world stage – this region has links with the Nanjing area.

She said: “We have lots of wonderful pieces in our collection and it is great that we are able to share them across the world.

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“We shall have details of where they have come from, and hopefully people in Nanjing will be encouraged to find out a bit about Ipswich and our museum here.”