The world famous Terracotta Warriors are to be exhibited in Liverpool in 2018.
It will be first time in more than 30 years that a selection of the 3rd Century Chinese army will go on display outside of London.
The Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Karen Bradley MP made the announcement yesterday (7 December) during her visit to the tomb of China’s first Emperor Qin Shihuangdi – where the army was first discovered in 1974.
The story of his tomb’s Terracotta Warriors will be displayed alongside important artefacts, some of which have never been on show in the UK before, during the exhibition at the World Museum.
Set to run from February to October 2018, the Secretary of State believes the exhibition will be “very warmly received by the people of Merseyside” – home to Europe’s oldest Chinese community.
She says: “The Terracotta Army represents one of the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th Century, and I am delighted that a selection of the warriors will be coming to Liverpool, for the first time in 2018.
“The exhibition will also encourage an ongoing cultural exchange between China and Britain, further progressing the relationship between our two nations and strengthening lasting ties.”
Since 1974, archaeologists have unearthed more than 8,000 life-sized Terracotta Warriors near the city of Xi’an – each with individual clothing, hair and facial features – and have located more than 600 pits around the Emperor’s mausoleum.
David Fleming, director of National Museums Liverpool, adds: “An exhibition of this scale is sure to attract visitors from all over the UK and Europe, with an unmissable opportunity to see artefacts of great historical importance in the flesh.
“Liverpool has the oldest Chinese community in Europe, and we are proud to be strengthening the city’s connections with other cultural organisations in China and creating an exhibition programme that continues to excite and inspire visitors from across the globe.”
The World Museum’s Terracotta Warriors exhibition will form part of Liverpool’s 2018 celebrations, marking 10 years since the city held the title of European Capital of Culture 2008.