Treasures of Time

Extension and Education Activities


Public Programmes


Clocks’ Demonstrations

In order to let visitors gain a better insight into the timepieces from The Palace Museum, we have invited experts to conduct demonstrations on selected timepieces. You are welcome to join on the spot:

Date: 25 – 27.1.2019,22 – 24.2.2019,22 – 24.3.2019 (Friday - Sunday)
Time: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm
Venue: G/F Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

Special Lecture Series on Timepieces
Technology, Design, Exchange: Clocks for the Chinese Market in the Golden Age of British Horology

Many of the timepieces displayed in the Treasures of Time Exhibition were made in Britain in the eighteenth century. From the cottage workshops of rural England to the bustling streets of London, the ports of India to the Forbidden City, the timepieces passed through many pairs of hands and travelled thousands of miles on their journey to the Imperial collection.

Join the Curator of Science Museum Group, Emma Stirling-Middleton to explore the production, design and trade of the British timepieces made for the Chinese market in the eighteenth century. Drawing upon objects from the London Science Museum and rare archival documents from the British Library and Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, this lecture will reveal the extraordinary stories and hidden meanings behind these horological masterpieces.

Speaker: Ms. Emma Stirling-Middleton (Project Curator, Science Museum Group)

Date: 8.12.2018 (Sat)
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Language: English
Free admission on a first come, first served basis
Enquiries: 2732 3223 (Mon to Fri: 9:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, except public holidays)

The Qing Court Timepiece Collection

The timepiece collection of the Qing Court mainly include the “Imperial Clocks” from the Imperial Workshops, the “Guangzhou timepieces” from Guangzhou, and the mechanical clocks featured with the combination of eastern and western elements. The lecture introduces the origins and characteristics of the above collection, the clock-making process, and the influence on the clocks’ design due to the aesthetic preference of the Qing emperors.

Speaker: Ms. Guan Xueling (Research Fellow, The Palace Museum)

Date: 8.12.2018 (Sat)
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Language: Putonghua
Free admission on a first come, first served basis
Enquiries: 2732 3223 (Mon to Fri: 9:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, except public holidays)

Lingering Memories of Time - The Culture of Incense in the Qing Court

Incense was an indispensable element in the daily life of Qing Court and was widely applied to different aspects of living. Traditional Chinese incense tools used by the Qing Court including storage tools, censers and other accessories. The common use of incense in the Court was not limited to burning, carrying, medication, worshipping and time-keeping, but also heavily used as rewards and for making apparatus, which formed a unique incense culture.

By taking time-keeping incense as an example, together with the incense exhibits from the Palace Museum and the related historical literature, this lecture will discuss the culture of incense use in the Qing Court, and explore its significance in the history of the Chinese incense culture.

Speaker: Mr. Wan Xiufeng (Associate research fellow, Department of Palace Life and Imperial Ritual, The Palace Museum)

Date: 26.1.2019 (Sat)
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Language: Putonghua
Free admission on a first come, first served basis
Enquiries: 2732 3223 (Mon to Fri: 9:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, except public holidays)

Yongzheng Emperor's Aesthetic Sense and Influence from the West

Please refer to the Chinese synopsis for details.

Speaker: Mr Wang Yuegong (Director, Department of Palace Life and Imperial Ritual, The Palace Museum)

Date: 23.2.2019 (Sat)
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Language: Putonghua
Free admission on a first come, first served basis
Enquiries: 2732 3223 (Mon to Fri: 9:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, except public holidays)

The Past and Present of the Hong Kong Time Service

Why are there six pips before the time report on the radio? It is actually part of the time service provided by the Hong Kong Observatory. In this lecture, expert from the Hong Kong Observatory will introduce the history, development and related information of the Hong Kong time service.

Speaker: Mr. Hui Tai Wai, David (Scientific Officer, Hong Kong Observatory)

Date: 2.3.2019 (Sat)
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Language: Cantonese
Free admission on a first come, first served basis
Enquiries: 2732 3223 (Mon to Fri: 9:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, except public holidays)

Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Observatory

Workshops
Making a Clock Using Micro:bit

micro:bit is a microcomputer designed for youngsters on developing programming skills. The codeable design and the presence of various sensors facilitate users to make different interactive programmes. In this workshop, participants will learn about the basic principles of computer coding, write simple code and turn the micro:bit into a clock.

DateTime
12.1.2019 (Saturday)
27.1.2019 (Sunday)
2.2.2019 (Saturday)
24.2.2019 (Sunday)
17.3.2019 (Sunday)
30.3.2019 (Saturday)
27.4.2019 (Saturday)



1:00 pm – 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Remark: The content of the above sessions are the same.

Venue: Computer Room, Hong Kong Science Museum
Suitable for: Age 6 or above (Participants of ages 6 - 10 must be accompanied by a parent to participate.)
Language: Cantonese
Quota: 28 per session
Free admission. Registration starts at 45 minutes before the start of workshop at the Computer Room on a first come, first served basis.

Enquiries: 2732 3223 (Mon to Fri: 9:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, except public holidays)

Site Visit
Visit to the Atomic Clock at Hong Kong Observatory

The Hong Kong Observatory is the official timekeeper in Hong Kong to provide time service. The core of the time service is Caesium Atomic Clock, with an accuracy of fractions of a microsecond per day. It is indispensable to various industries for precise time control. In this programme, participants will visit the Atomic Clock and understand more about the history and science behind the time service of Hong Kong Observatory. Don’t miss out!

Date: 15.12.2018 (Sat)
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Programme venue: Hong Kong Observatory Headquarters, Tsim Sha Tsui
Gathering venue: Laboratory, Hong Kong Science Museum (Remark: Museum staff will lead the participants and walk to the Hong Kong Observatory Headquarters. It takes about 10 minutes and requires going up and down the stairs.)
Suitable for: Age 6 or above (Participants of ages 6 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or above to participate.)
Capacity: 20
Language: Cantonese
Enrolment: Free admission. Registration starts at 2:00pm outside Laboratory on a first come, first served basis.
Enquiries: 2732 3223 (Mon to Fri: 9:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, except public holidays)

Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Observatory

Science Cart

Science cart showcases a number of interesting experiments which invites visitors’ hands-on participation. With the assistance of docents in providing explanations, the public will learn more about the science principles of the timepieces. Some of the experiments include the use of ancient Chinese timekeeping instruments to tell time, the combination of different gears to demonstrate the movement of pointers on clocks, the simple harmonic motion of a simple pendulum to explain the principle of time measurement.

Date: 20.1, 26.1, 3.2, 9.2, 17.2, 23.2, 3.3, 9.3, 17.3, 23.3, 31.3 and 6.4.2019
Time: Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm on Saturdays or Sundays
Venue: G/F, Interactive Area of Special Exhibition
Activities are subject to change without prior notice.

Outreach Programmes
Museum Express

This programme aims to bring the museum experiences to the communities by interactive drama shows. It includes the introduction of high-tech robotic technology, the sophisticated structure and working mechanism of clocks, and the demonstration of display and conservation methods for exhibits in museum.

Date: January - April 2019 (Click here to download time table)
Venue: Indoor venue provided by primary school or organisation, with area not less than 6m×3.5m
Suitable for: Primary schools and elderly centres
Duration: Around 1 hour per session
Capacity: 40 – 80 per session (Depending on the venue size)
Language: Cantonese
Fee: Free of charge

Reservation is now open on a first come, first-served basis.

Please contact Museum staff (Tel: 2732 3223) for enquiries and reservation.
(Mon to Fri: 9:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, except public holidays)

Click here to download the application form

In addition, the following shows are open to the public. Don’t miss out!

VenueDateTime
Tuen Mun Public Library
Tel:2450 0671
18.1.2019 (Friday) 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Yuen Chau Kok Public Library
Tel:2324 2700
25.1.2019 (Friday) 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences
Tel:2549 5123
3.3.2019 (Sunday) 5:00pm – 5:45pm

Please contact the venues for registration.
Free admission by registration on a first come, first served basis


School Programmes


Education Resources

Science Cart

Science cart showcases a number of interesting experiments which invites visitors’ hands-on participation. With the assistance of docents in providing explanations, the public will learn more about the science principles of the timepieces. Some of the experiments include the use of ancient Chinese timekeeping instruments to tell time, the combination of different gears to demonstrate the movement of pointers on clocks, the simple harmonic motion of a simple pendulum to explain the principle of time measurement.

Date: From 10.12.2018 onwards
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm (Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays School Visit)
Venue: G/F, Interactive Area of Special Exhibition
Activities are subject to change without prior notice.

Teacher Development Programmes
Teacher Preview

Programmes will be conducted in Cantonese. Please refer to the Chinese synopsis for details. For enquiries, please contact Ms Lau at 2732 3220 (Mon to Fri: 9:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, except public holidays)

Visit to the Atomic Clock at Hong Kong Observatory

The Hong Kong Observatory is the official timekeeper in Hong Kong to provide time service. The core of the time service is Caesium Atomic Clock, with an accuracy of fractions of a microsecond per day. It is indispensable to various industries for precise time control. In this visit, participants will visit the Atomic Clock and understand more about the history and science behind the time service of Hong Kong Observatory. Don’t miss out!

Date: 11.1.2019 (Fri)
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Programme Venue: Hong Kong Observatory Headquarters, Tsim Sha Tsui
Gathering Venue: Front gate at Nathan Road of the Hong Kong Observatory Headquarters (near Tsim Sha Tsui District Kaifong Welfare Association)
Suitable for: Secondary school teachers
Capacity: 20
Language: Cantonese
Enquiries: 2732 3220 (Mon to Fri: 9:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, except public holidays)

Acceptance List

Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Observatory

Free Coach Services for Schools
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Transport Subsidy Scheme – “The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Treasures of Time” Exhibition Free Coach Services for Schools

To encourage visits to “The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Treasures of Time” Exhibition by school groups, free coach services will be provided to all secondary schools, primary schools and kindergartens during the exhibition period. Applicant must first apply for school visit to Hong Kong Science Museum. The successful applicant will receive a School Visit Admission Letter and an application form for free coach services. The quota for free coach services is limited and is on a first come, first served basis.

Enquiries: 2732 3220 (Mon to Fri: 9:00am – 1:00pm, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, except public holidays)


Guided Tour Service


On-spot Guided Tour

Programme will be conducted in Cantonese. Please refer to the Chinese synopsis for details.

Accessible Guided Tour cum Workshop

To make our exhibition accessible to people with disabilities and special needs, the Hong Kong Science Museum and Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong will join hands provide a specially designed accessible guided tour cum workshop. Experienced tutors will provide audio description, sign-language interpretation or other assistance during the programme so that the visitors can get the most from their visit.

The guided tour will introduce the significance of cultural exchange, historical meaning and technological achievements of the timepieces, and will also let the participants understand the working principle of mechanical clocks. The workshop will involve hands-on activities adapted to the needs of the visitors and serves to deepen the viewing experience.

Suitable for: Visually and hearing impaired, people with other disabilities and special needs
Date: January 2019 – April 2019
Duration: consists of an 1-hour guided tour and a 30-min workshop
Sessions: 10
Capacity: 20 per session
Language: Cantonese
Fee: Free of charge
Application and Enquiries: Interested and eligible organisations please contact the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong at 2777 1771 for details starting from 17.12.2018.