The last zoom history talk of the year will be on Thursday 2nd December 1.30pm, titled Hidden History : Manchester and China. The talk will be given by Bryan Sitch , Deputy head of Collections at Manchester Museum and he will be exploring the hidden history of Manchester’s links with China.
Mancunians went to China as missionaries,soldiers, traders and diplomats; whilst at Belle View zoo the crowds were entertained by reenactments of battles and campaigns,some set in China, performed against a backdrop of spectacular firework displays.
During the First World War, former ‘China Hands’ were recruited to lead companies of Chinese workmen who travelled across the world to northern France to help the Allies in the struggle against Germany.
During the 1930’s the fate of Manchester ‘s missing missionary in China , Alfred Bosshardt – the Terry Waite of the time- was the subject of much speculation in the newspapers.
Morri Abraham Cohen, the jewish ‘Eastender’ who became a bodyguard to Sun Yat Sen, the first president of China after the 1911 revolution, had relatives in Salford and his grave is here.
Chinese people have made the city their home and their communities are an important part of Manchester ‘s diversity. In these and many other ways the relationship with China And Chinese people is written into the fabric of the City. Log in to the link below and hear more about these fascinating stories
Meeting ID: 826 4110 3524