The Meridian Society promotes Chinese culture with the aim of fostering better understanding between people of Chinese origin and those from other ethnic backgrounds, both in the UK and worldwide.

子午社致力于传播与推广中国文化,并以此来促进华人和来自英国及世界其它地区不同肤色和人种之间的相互理解与沟通

Events and Activities

We run a lively and diverse programme of events and activities to appeal to audiences of all ages, tastes and backgrounds, including people of Chinese origin who wish to learn more about their own cultural heritage, as well as members of the general public wishing to gain a deeper insight into China’s ancient civilisation and contemporary society. Regular activities include:

  • talks on various aspects of Chinese culture
  • educational programmes and arts workshops
  • film screenings, exhibitions and cultural performances
  • heritage projects
  • dinner-debates
  • social get-togethers at Chinese New Year and other Chinese festivals
  • public displays and outdoor spectacles
  • exclusive online content

Next Event

Exclusive Out-of-hours Guided Tour of Science Museum’s new exhibition Zimingzhong 凝时聚珍: Clockwork Treasures from China’s Forbidden City

Time: 6pm, Thursday 9th of May 2024
Venue: Science Museum (meet at the the group entrance, see instructions below)
Price: Free (donations encouraged, see below)
Booking Details: Please email themeridiansociety@gmail.com to book a place before the 6th of May. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come basis.

In the 1700s, China’s emperors collected ornate clockwork automata known as zimingzhong and cherished them for their intricate design and technical innovation. Now, the Science Museum’s new exhibition Zimingzhong 凝时聚珍: Clockwork Treasures from China’s Forbidden City showcases a unique collection of 23 stunning pieces, on display in the UK together for the first time.

This exhibition invites you to discover the outward beauty and inner workings of these centuries-old timepieces, and their historic role in early cultural exchanges between Britain and China. Translating as “bells that ring themselves”, zimingzhong were far more than just clocks; they combined timekeeping with sophisticated musical technology and flamboyant aesthetics. Their designs incorporated motifs such as cranes and lotus flowers, expressing British perceptions of a Chinese culture that held powerful sway over the country’s imagination.

These opulent treasures will transport you to the Chinese trading port of Guangzhou and the home of the emperors in the Forbidden City for a fascinating insight into early trade between Britain and China, and a tour de force of artistry and spectacle.

The exhibition curators have kindly offered The Meridian Society members an exclusive guided out-of-hours tour of the exhibition at 6pm on Thursday 9th of May 2024. The places are limited so please make your booking by emailing as soon as possible.

The museum is operating a ‘Pay What You Can’ system for tickets. A donation for the museum would be greatly appreciated. Income from this exhibition will help support our future exhibitions and activities. At the end of the exhibition, there will be a donation station which accepts both cash and cards.

Instructions for the day:

– Please meet at the ‘Group Entrance’ to the Science Museum at 17:50 on 9 May. This can be found on Imperial College Road. Please see the attached map for details of where to find this. Our director Jocelyn Konrad-Lee will be waiting for you there.
– The guided tour will start from 18:00 before leaving the group to explore the Lates events as they wish from around 18:45 onwards. For details of the wider Lates event see here: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/create-lates
– There is step-free access to the museum and gallery.
– There is no parking.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Spotlight

A new addition to our website, Spotlight features interviews with
individuals talking about their life, work and experiences. If you would like to contribute to this page, please contact us.

For our first Spotlight we feature an online art exhibition of photographs by Yujie Gao who recently completed an online  Master of Arts at The University of the Arts, London.
CLICK HERE to see more of her works and to read an interview conducted by George Harvey.

Remembering Francis Moll

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of Francis Moll’s passing. Francis served as Trustee/Director of The Meridian Society from 2015 to 2021 and carried out his duties as Secretary with the greatest diligence and deepest sense of responsibility. Despite his physical disability, he valued his independence and would partake in every activity possible, joined all the society’s tours to China and trudged with us through the battlefields of the Somme to commemorate the Chinese Labour Corps. In his spare time, he kept a keen eye on the stock market and would gladly give novices a tip or two. Those of you who knew Francis will remember that he was always of a cheerful disposition and enjoyed a good chat with friends old and new. We will miss him sorely.