Events by Other Organisations


Saturday 14th April 2018
AGM, lecture and lunch
Collecting China: Memoirs of a Hong Kong Art Addict
Speaker: Brian McElney, OBE 

Time: 2:30 p.m.
Venue: Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD
Cost: £8 per member or guest, to include refreshments
Lunch: A self-paying lunch will be arranged at 12:30 p.m. at Chutneys, 124 Drummond Street, London NW1 2PA (corner of North Gower Street.)  Tel: 020 7388 0604. Please tell Paul if you wish to join the lunch.
Booking: Paul Bolding at or tel: 0207 684 5811.  Mail booking form to Paul at 30 De Beauvoir Square, London N1 4LE.

Please note the AGM will start promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Brian McElney, who was a lawyer in Hong Kong for many years, is one of the foremost collectors of East Asian art in the world, and founder of the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath.  His book tells tales of Hong Kong from the 1930s to the 1990s, and how he spotted many neglected masterpieces among the knick-knacks of Hollywood Road and Cat Street.  Brian put together one of the most comprehensive collections of East Asian antiques in the world, which now resides in the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath.

Brian was born in Hong Kong in 1932.  Both his parents were doctors, practising in the colony at that time.  His mother died the following year, shortly after the birth of his brother;  his father re-married in 1956 and died in 1985.  Brian was brought up by his grandmother in England, and educated first at Homewood Prep School in Lancashire then Marlborough College, Wiltshire.  He studied for his Articles in London, qualifying as a solicitor in 1956 when he returned to Hong Kong and joined Johnson Stokes & Master.  He remained with the firm throughout his career, becoming Senior Partner in 1971.  In 1982 he suffered a severe stroke, and although he stepped down as Senior Partner he continued to work for JS&M as a consultant following his recovery.  In July 1992 he founded the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath, which had its inaugural exhibition in April 1993.  Brian was accorded an Honorary MA by the University of Bath in 1997 in recognition of his contribution to education in establishing the museum as an educational charity, and was made an OBE in 2003 in recognition of his contribution to the museum of both his collection and his expertise.  He returned from Hong Kong for good in 2011 and lives in Bath.

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Memorial Screening of “The Wright Chronicle”

Date: 28th April 2018 (Sat)
Time: 3:30-5:30p.m.
Venue: The Special Exhibitions and Events Gallery, Hong Kong Maritime Museum (Central Pier No. 8, Hong Kong)

Wright Poster_3B

Born in Hong Kong more than a century ago, Alec Michael John Wright (1912-2018) witnessed both the adversity and prosperity of this city. As a senior government architect, he was instrumental to the post-war public architecture which shaped Hong Kong’s unique cityscape and spatial experience.

Urban Diary is honoured that Mr. Michael Wright shared with us his story in London a few years ago, which enabled us to produce The Wright Chronicle. Mr. Wright, aged 105, passed away in London on 26 January 2018. While we mourn his death, we are certain that his stories and deeds will be fondly remembered.

All are welcomed to attend the screening.

V&A Course

Arts of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan

Spring Term 12 weeks, 8 January – 26 March 2018 (Tickets on sale now)


China: Qing dynasty and Korea: Three Kingdoms

This term maps the development of Chinese art from the earliest Neolithic settlements to the highly sophisticated societies of later China. The flourishing silk route opened trade through land and sea, allowing an influx of luxury items to China and the export of silk and ceramics prized as rare commodities abroad.

Monday’s , 11.10 – 15.30

£910 per year, £819 over 60s, £640 concessions, day tickets available

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Chinese at SOAS Language Centre

SOAS Language Centre provides short course tuition in Chinese (Mandarin) and in Cantonese on weekdays, during the evening, and on Saturday mornings. It also offers a range of intensive and semi-intensive courses during the Easter and summer periods, some of these for specific language-learning requirements (e.g. Chinese for Business; Chinese for the Martial Arts).

Studying Chinese at the SOAS Language Centre

In addition to its short courses, SOAS Language Centre also offers two full-time accredited programmes: the Certificate/Diploma in Communicative Chinese and the Certificate/Diploma in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.

Chinese is a vibrant section within SOAS Language Centre and the study of Chinese is a popular choice with language learners from all walks of life. Currently, there are around a dozen teachers of Chinese, all of whom have considerable expertise in the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language.

Chinese Language Courses

Certificates and Diplomas

Certificate/Diploma in Communicative Chinese (full-time)

Teacher Training in Chinese

Certificate/Diploma in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

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