31 July, 2015
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Between September 2014 and April 2015, over 80 students from three Visual Studies classes assisted in the curatorial and education works of the exhibition “Made in Hong Kong: Our City, Our Stories” organised by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM).

In the fall of 2014, the Department of Visual Studies developed for the first time a collaborative partnership with the HKMM through a service-learning programme.  The year-long collaboration enabled 55 students to provide research-based services for the community partners that have produced high-quality displays for the “Made in Hong Kong: Our City, Our Stories” exhibition.  Under the supervision of Prof Michelle Huang, Assistant Professor of the Department of Visual Studies, 30 students from the course “Understanding Museums” conducted over 120 video interviews with people from about 30 ethnicities across three generations (including Lingnan staff and students), sharing their views on “What Hong Kong Means to Me”.  Dr Sarah Ng, Part-time Lecturer of the Department guided 25 students from the course “Collecting Chinese Art” to interview with seven local collectors, illuminating the history of art collecting in Hong Kong.  Images, videos and data analysis of the interviews were edited and put on display at the People’s Wall Gallery. In the spring of 2015, another 29 students from the course “Understanding Museums” assisted in office work and a great variety of public programmes for the exhibition.

Students’ works and efforts are recognised by the museum director, curators and the exhibition sponsor, HSBC. Caroline Lang, Head of Education and Public Programmes of the HKMM, said, “I think it is a very good collaboration and works really well.”

Students’ reflections indicated that hands-on practice and real-life experience have enriched their knowledge of museum studies and enhanced their skills in communication, research and teamwork.  This meaningful service-learning experience has also brought them unforgettable memories and refreshed their ways of seeing museums and Hong Kong.  Student Graceword Lam said she is now more aware of her role, identity and responsibility in society.  Both John Cheung and Jack Chen considered this service-learning experience “a milestone” of their study life at Lingnan.

For details, photos and videos of the service-learning project, please visit this webpage jointly created by Prof Michelle Huang and her teaching assistant Chan Chui-ling: http://art-and-museums.wix.com/learning

The “Made in Hong Kong: Our City, Our Stories” exhibition is held at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum from 6 March to 4 September 2015.  Admission is free.  For details of the exhibition, please visit: www.hkmaritimemuseum.org/MadeinHK