Qing - The Birthday Scroll from the Rylands exhibition

Qing: China’s multilingual empire exhibition

Discover the rich cultural diversity of China’s last empire.

21 October 2021 to 13 March 2022

Explore the languages and cultures of China’s last dynasty through new research funded by The University of Manchester and the Confucius Institute.

About the exhibition

The Qing 清 (1636-1912), China’s last dynasty, existed for nearly three centuries. Qing emperors ruled a vast realm that was a blend of different religions and cultures. Qing books reflect the diversity of the empire and reveal global connections made through trade, diplomacy and idea exchange.

Through books, scrolls and artworks from the Rylands’ Chinese collections, explore the languages and cultures of the Qing empire through new research funded by The University of Manchester, with support from the Confucius Institute.

Items on display

  • Get up close to a huge 24-metre scroll showing bustling Beijing street celebrations for Emperor Kangxi’s birthday.
  • Discover Qing emperors’ European-designed palaces and gardens that were a fusion of styles and knowledge.
  • Explore a multilingual empire through Qing items in Manchu, Tibetan, Arabic and Hebrew.