Two Exhibitions between Two Strikes: Exhibiting Hong Kong at the British Empire Exhibition 1924 and 1925

The Hong Kong Section at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley was the only comprehensive showcase of Hong Kong in Britain during the colonial era. Two major general strikes, both of which involved major political parties from China, took place in Hong Kong before and during the exhibition.

The organisational process, design of the pavilion, choice of exhibits, and responses at the time, both in Britain and Hong Kong, illustrate Britain’s relationship with her colonies and highlighted Hong Kong’s relationship with Britain and China in the 1920s.

Two Exhibitions between Two Strikes: Exhibiting Hong Kong at the British Empire Exhibition 1924 and 1925

To explore the exhibition online please use the arrows to scroll through. 

A note from Dr Gary Pui-fung Wong

"This exhibition is based on the findings from my archival research. Unless otherwise specified, all images came from the items that I have collected. I would like to thank Brent Museum & Archives and Knowledge Exchange Office of the University of Hong Kong for sponsoring this exhibition. It is impossible to “bring back” the Hong Kong Section to Wembley without their generous support."

To explore more about Hong Kong in Wembley you can now visit the exhibition at Brent Civic Centre.

Sincere thanks are given to the following organisations for their assistance in supporting this exhibition and research:

  • Po Sum On Medicine Factory Limited
  • Swire HK Archive Service
  • The Lord Wilson Heritage Trust
  • Wembley History Society

Gary Pui-fung Wong
Department of Sociology
The University of Hong Kong