Ecology in The Making (1816-present) Exhibition
Encounter valuable records from Hong Kong’s natural history
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To promote Hong Kong’s treasured ecologies and outline the city’s natural history, Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre and Hong Kong Science Museum jointly present the exhibition Ecology in The Making (1816-present) at Hong Kong Science Museum from today onwards until 14 April 2021. The exhibition showcases valuable records and replicas dating back to the early 19th century, and to contemporary depictions made by local “amateur naturalists”.
Throughout the exhibition, visitors not only get to know the making of Hong Kong ecological knowledge but also more about Hong Kong history and biodiversity. Curated by Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre with the participations of 9 HKU students and the assistance from HKU scholars in the 2-year research, this exhibition is the first extensive survey on Hong Kong’s amateur naturalists.
Portraying the First Impression of Hong Kong
The exhibition showcases the early stages of Hong Kong natural history with local as well as overseas records, including a replica of Waterfall at Hong Cong (Kong) (published in 1818) and replicas of botanical watercolour paintings from the early 1840s from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK. In addition to these early visual records, there are also specimens of a Crested Goshawk, a snake skeleton, wasp nests, and a Domestic Goat.
Beginning with British naval surgeon Clarke Abel, who set foot on Hong Kong Island in the early 19th century, the exhibition features prominent enthusiasts of Hong Kong natural history, such as insect expert John Charles Bowring, son of the 4th Governor of Hong Kong (Sir Bowring); writer Yip Linfeng; civil servant and Hong Kong orchid expert Gloria Barretto; Biology teacher and amphibians and reptiles expert Father Anthony Bogadek. From one generation to another, they laid the foundations for Hong Kong natural studies, broadening local scientific knowledge, contributing to local conservation and education by writing, painting, observing in the field, teaching, and mentoring. Alongside stories of these passionate individuals, accounts of the discovery of a native species Hong Kong Camellia, and an endemic species Romer’s Tree Frog, are also presented.
Amateur Naturalists at our Time
Stories of 21 contemporary amateur naturalists are a special feature in this exhibition too, including the former Director of Hong Kong Observatory Lam Chiu Ying, the author of In Search of Flora and In Search of Fauna Human Ip, eco-photographer and the founder of WildCreatures Hong Kong Robert Ferguson, embroidery artist Sandy Lam, Hong Kong Bird Watching Society Kite Research Group Convenor Peter Chan and former taxidermist Li Kin Man.
Ecology in The Making (1816-present) is an original curatorial project by Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre, supported by Hong Kong Science Museum. It is the perfect place for Hong Kong urbanites who are passionate about Hong Kong and nature!
Name: Ecology in The Making (1816-present)
Organizers: Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre and Hong Kong Science Museum
Duration: 19 March 2021(Friday) to 14 April 2021(Wednesday)
Venue: G/F, Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Opening Hours: Opens Mondays to Fridays (except Thursdays); Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
For latest opening arrangements please visit https://hk.science.museum
Fee: No additional admission fee to permanent exhibition hall
Exhibition Production Team
Curators: Joanne Cheng, Angela Chan
Project Management: Angela Chan
Lead Researchers: Maxime Decaudin, Chun-see Tsao
Researchers: Marcus Yee*, Rachel Chan, Karine Leung*, Rachel Ma*, Sabrina Young*, Trista
Interview: Tin Lok Wong*
Videographers: Andrew Lam, Anne Chan*
Helpers: Anne Chan*, Thomas Chow*, Ray Chu, Hugo Du, Helen Lo
Illustrators: Panny Kwan
Graphic Editing: Liz Kwan
Translators: Simon Shum*, Victoria Wong
Exhibition Design: KaCaMa Design Lab
*HKU student interns
Content from the current exhibition is partially sourced from the homonymous exhibition in 2020, presented by Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre and guest co-curator Maxime Decaudin. The centre thanks Maxime Decaudin for his time and contributions in laying the foundation for the current exhibition.
We would also like to thank the Environmental Protection Department and the University of Hong Kong for providing support in the curation and production of this exhibition.
The centre would like to give sincere thanks to the following professionals, interviewees, and institutions for their generous contributions in research data and expertise, as well as items loaned for display in this exhibition.
Wing Tsui, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
Prof. Mark Nesbitt, Economic Botany Collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK Bonny Chan, Fountain of Love and Life, Canada
Hilda Mak and Hina Yeung, Hong Kong Museum of Art
Andy Brown, Dr. Gunter Fischer, Dr. Stephan Gale, Dr. Jinlong Zhang, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
Julia Buckley, Katherine Harrington and Trishya Long, Library, Art, and Archives of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, UK
Patrick Chan and the old boys, Saint Louis School, Hong Kong
Dr. Petra Bach and Dr. Haz Cheung, Stephen Hui Geological Museum, HKU
Zhang Xiumei, Taiwan Herborist Culture and Art Studio
Jody Beenk, Iris Chan, Michael Cheng, The University of Hong Kong Libraries
Christopher Mattison, University Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Hong Kong
Chung Hwa Book Company, Hong Kong Bat Radar, Hong Kong Herbarium, Hong Kong Wetland Park, Public Records Office, Government Records Service, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library
Karen Barretto, Ruy Barretto, Dr. Lawrence Chau, Dr. Phillip Cribb, Prof. Stephen Davies, Prof. Fa-ti Fan, Dr. Benoit Guénard, Dr. Billy Hau, Dr. Michael Lau, James Leung, Graham Reels, Gloria Siu, Dr. Sung Yik Hei, Dr. Alicia Weisberg-Roberts, Jason Wordie
Christophe Barthélemy, Peter Chan, Cheung Ho Lam, Pamela Cheung, Chio Hio Tong, Colin Chiu, Laurel Chor, Berry Chu, Robert Ferguson, Adam Francis, Human Ip, Matthew Kwan, Alan Kwok, Lam Chiu Ying, Sandy Lam, Lawrance Lau, Lawman Law, Li Kin Man, Parry Ling, Liu Ka-shiang, Pang Yuk Man, Ada Tai, Amanda Yik
About Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre
Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre was jointly established by the Environmental Protection Department and The University of Hong Kong (HKU), the only of its kind between government and tertiary institutes. Through promoting nature conservation, the centre builds a community that lives harmoniously with nature, and encourages the practice of sustainable living.
The Centre’s garden and exhibition hall are free for public admission and it cooperates with the University, the government and communities to provide professional environmental education to the public. By organizing activities such as guided nature tours, green workshops and BioBlitzes, the centre provides a place for the public to learn, grow closer to and enjoy nature. The centre is also a platform to showcase the history, heritage and environment in the Lung Fu Shan area.
Address: No.50, Kotewall Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong (near University Drive entrance)