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New exhibition opens to mark pioneering Swansea missionary

A major new temporary exhibition that traces the remarkable life of famous Swansea Missionary Griffith John opens at Swansea Museum next week.

Oct. 12, 2012 - PRLog -- John travelled to China in 1855 and stayed for over 50 years. He was the first missionary from Wales to set foot in China. John made his base in Hankou (now Wuhan) where he was a hugely popular figure. He established a number of schools, hospitals and colleges, many of which are still in use today. This exhibition commemorates the centenary of Griffith John’s death by exploring his pioneering work in the Hubei and Hunan provinces.

Swansea Council is behind the exhibition. The exhibition opens on 16 October and runs to 18 February. Reverend Meirion Thomas will officially open the exhibition with a talk on Griffith John and China.

Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Swansea Museum is renowned for putting on top-quality exhibitions. The Griffith John exhibition will offer Swansea people and visitors to the city the chance to lean all about a local man who made an enormous contribution to the Far East in the late 19th Century.

“It’s a name that will ring a bell with many local people but this is an opportunity to find out a great deal more.

“Swansea Museum is an important facility for the community and events of this nature will continue to keep it in the forefront of people’s minds.”

The exhibition features a number of objects which John donated to the museum including a set of satin Chinese banners and ceremonial Chinese weapons. The display also includes letters Griffith John sent from China as well as an original manuscript of his biography, which are on loan from the National Library of Wales. This is the first time that these objects have been on public display.

Drop-in Chinese craft workshops for children to tie-in with the exhibition are being held on October 31 from 1pm to 3pm and November 3 from 1pm to 4pm. These workshops have been organised in collaboration with the Swansea Chinese Community Co-operative Centre.

A day of Chinese craft, food and activities is also being planned to celebrate Chinese New Year. This family friendly day will take place Saturday 8 February.

This exhibition is a collaboration between Swansea Museum and Ebenezer Baptist Church.

For more information visit http://www.swansea.gov.uk/swanseamuseum or call 01792 653763.

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