Margaret Thatcher admirers plan library and museum in her memory

There was a heavy police presence as banner-waving revellers celebrated the death of Margaret Thatcher. Photo: Reuters

Admirers of late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher plan to create a new library and museum in London to celebrate her legacy and shape the future of conservative politics.

Monday, 15 April, 2013, 4:32am

Sigg art collection the foundation for world-class M+ museum

Swiss collector Dr Uli Sigg donates HK$1.3 billion worth of artworks to the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. He poses with Wang Keping's wooden sculpture Chain. Photo: Sam Tsang

At the core of the M+ vision lies the ambition to build a pre-eminent collection of 20th- and 21st-century visual culture, encompassing art, design, architecture and moving image from Hong Kong, China, and expanding through Asia and the rest of the world.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:14am

Antiques collector sets up museum to show traditional houses and furniture

The entrance to the museum. Photo: Jonathan Browning

Zhao Wenlong sees himself as a man with a mission, a guardian of cultural heritage. Which is how he came to convert a one-hectare site outside Shanghai into a showcase of antique furniture and traditional buildings that he has acquired over the years.

5 Mar 2013 - 5:24pm

South Korean toilet park in stark relief to your usual museum

It's no holes barred at the Toilet Culture Park in Suwon, South Korea.

From its bowl-shaped exhibition hall to the bronze figures - immortalised in mid-squat - outside, everything about a new theme park in South Korea points towards the smallest room in the house.

The Toilet Culture Park in the city of Suwon is reputed to be the first in the world devoted to what happens when we answer the call of nature.

12 Nov 2012 - 3:38am

Migrant worker museum opens in Guangzhou

Wang Yang, Party Secretary of the Guangdong Province. Photo: Reuters

The opening of a 200 million yuan (HK$245.2 million) Museum of Migrant Workers in Guangzhou last week seems to have been designed to add the final gloss to Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang's bid for a seat on the Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee at next month's party congress.

13 Oct 2012 - 8:10am 2 comments

China Digest, October 4, 2012


Museum to honour spy

4 Oct 2012 - 4:33am

Museum shelves galore

In 2009, a new museum opened its doors to the public on the mainland every three days. In 2010, the numbers tripled. There was a new museum opening every day - a total of 395 in a single year.

Shan Jixiang, director of Beijing's Palace Museum, sees the 21st century as the era of museums, but he does not welcome the boom. Quantity doesn't equal quality, he says.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Museums to gear up for future

Hong Kong's museums, under fire for problems ranging from outdated displays to bad cafe food, are set for an upgrade as they face looming competition from the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Government plans outlined yesterday after a two-year study will begin with a facelift for the Museum of Art in Tsim Sha Tsui to make it more visible and accessible.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ancient arts' renaissance

The director of Taiwan's National Palace Museum is every bit an art expert and connoisseur, but it is her managerial skills that have caught the attention of her mainland counterparts, as they try to emulate her success.

19 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Cover-up on broken artefact exposed

A laboratory researcher and his boss at the Palace Museum in Beijing were finally punished nearly a month after a precious 1,000-year-old artefact was broken - but only after a cover-up was exposed.

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Museum blamed for relic damage

Questions have arisen about the Palace Museum's managerial ability and integrity after a 1,000-year-old artefact was broken by a laboratory researcher.

The breakage of the porcelain plate dating back to the Song dynasty (960-1279) was due to an 'operational error', said a museum spokesman. The researcher had broken the plate while using a device to examine it last month.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Revamp to improve service and food at museum cafes

The tourist visiting the cafe at the Museum of History ordered a pineapple punch. She was handed a bottle of Sprite and a glass of ice with two slices of lemon. 'This is Hong Kong style,' the waitress told her.

25 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In the city digest headlined 'Free admission to 32 museums' on the front page of City yesterday, the free offer mentioned applies only to 31 museums - the Maritime Museum and Hong Kong Wetland Park are not included. For more details on International Museum Day, check

7 May 2009 - 12:00am

Top tips

West Kowloon Cultural District will seek advice from Asia's top museums to find the best way to go forward with the M+ museum. What ideas do you have to make it appeal to the widest cross-section of society? Write to us

7 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Crowds overwhelm free-entry museums

The mainland's musty public museums and memorial halls are scrambling to meet the demands of a sharp rise in patronage after authorities ordered them to waive entry fees as part of a campaign to cultivate a sense of cultural identity and patriotism.

14 Mar 2008 - 12:00am