Photographs Between Two Worlds

Reblogged from the Centre for Public History, Queen’s University Belfast. Photographs Between Two Worlds: the Hart Photographic Collection Emma Reisz In 1854, a nineteen-year-old from Portadown set sail for Hong Kong. His name was Robert Hart, and he was a recent graduate of the newly established Queen’s College Belfast. He had been nominated by Queen’s to join Britain’s Chinese Consular Service as a trainee interpreter, though he had no connections in China, and spoke no Chinese. The son of a distillery manager, Hart had no experience of politics or foreign affairs either. On his way east, he stopped off in…

China Customs Museum visit, 25 September 2017

On Monday 25 September 2017, the Hart Project hosted a visit from the China Customs Museum in Beijing. The visitors included the museum’s Deputy Director General, Fan Kun, and also included the Director of the Exhibitions Department, Dr Li Haiyong. They were accompanied by Consul Li Changhua of the Chinese consulate in Belfast.