Snapshots: exploring a turning point in Japan’s history

30 July 2018

Get a unique glimpse of Japan in our exhibition in the Central Library

  • JMB in Japan exhibition 2018

    Lantern making, n.d., John Macmillan Brown collection (MB118, 25301.0014), Macmillan Brown Library, UC

woman and girl JMB in Japan

Woman and girl, n.d, John Macmillan Brown collection (MB118, 25301.0014), Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

John Macmillan Brown (1846-1935) was the foundation professor of Classics and English at Canterbury University.

He visited Japan at a transitional time in history in the early 1900's, documenting his time there with photographs and extensive notes.

Using John Macmillan Brown's photographs and archives, now held in the Macmillan Brown Library, this exhibition explores the customs and manners of Japan and its people during this fascinating time.

The exhibition has been curated by College of Arts student intern Meredith Sim, with supervision by Richard Bullen  (Associate Professor Art History) and Erin Kimber (Library Archivist).

The exhibition runs from 3 August - 2 September on Level 2 of the Central Library Te Puna Mātauraka o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha.  

A floor-talk will be given by Richard Bullen and Meredith Sim at 12pm Friday 17 August.

Erin Kimber - Archivist | Kaitiaki Pūranga

Phone: +64 3 369 4025 (extn 94025)

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