University of Manchester China Centre 10th Anniversary Celebration Series

Bone China lover, Mad hatter,
Come appreciate highlights of Industrial heritage and crafts in the North
And indulge with VIPs in afternoon tea, shopping and grand graduation dinner

Ms. Karen Wang, Deputy Director of Confucius Institute at he University of Manchester, will lead the group along with the China Centre staff and proudly present to you:
Cultural visit programme for GMBA graduates!

Do you know Manchester had a prosperous hat making industry in the 19th century to supply working hats as well as hats for all important occasions like weddings and funerals? Hats are one of the British cultural symbols till this day and they are worn from horse racing events to royal weddings. Watch out and spot hats at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding!

You will get the chance to see the world tallest top hat, the popular bowler hat for London bankers and the contemporary trilby hats for all occasions. The ladies fashion throughout the 20th century can be seen through the hats and fascinators. Most of all, you get to design and produce something for you to take away on the day.

Tea was first introduced to the British aristocracy in the 17th century and remains the most quintessential of English drinks. Bone China was first developed in the UK and remained as its exclusive products for 200 years till Japan and China started to produce them in the 20th century.  Stoke-on- Trent (one hour from Manchester) became the UK’s equivalent of Jingdezheng where hundreds of porcelain factories were established in the 18th and 19th century.

You will be visiting World of Wedgwood, which prides itself for its intricate design inspired by history (Greek and Roman), nature (flowers and insects). You can enjoy afternoon tea in the Wedgwood Tea Room and purchase a piece of art work at a discounted price at its factory shop.

Seats limited, come and sign up for cultural visit programme for GMBA graduation on July 14, 2018 in Manchester!


Date: Saturday 14 July 2018

Provisional Programme

9.15        Set off (pick-up from hotel by minibus)

10.00     Guided tour of Hat Works (history of hat making)

11.00     wet felting workshop to produce your own product

12.00    hat gallery visit

12.45     leave for World of Wedgwood

14.00     Tour of Wedgwood Display Room

15.00     Free time (shopping or afternoon tea)

16.15     Return to hotel

18:00   China Centre Graduates Reception and Dinner (invitation will be sent to all graduates attending the ceremony with mysterious VIPs invited)


£ 100 includes guided tour, workshop, sandwich lunch, drinks and dinner, transport throughout the day

Options: 1) day tour only; 2) dinner only; 3) both.


Maximum of 15 places, first come first served

If you have any payment issues, please don't hesitate to contact alumni relations officer at and be sure to put "July cultural programme" in your subject.



Guided tour of Hat Works (history of hat making)

Afternoon tea (free time)
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