Mrs Carol Michaelson
Carol has degrees in Western history and Chinese language from the University of London and worked at the British Museum from 1991 where she was a curator in the Department of Asia, responsible for looking after all early material, all jades and snuff bottles. Carol is now semi-retired but continues to work part-time at the Museum and for one of its patrons. She has written catalogues and many articles on Chinese art. In 1999 she curated and wrote the catalogue of an exhibition of loan objects from China: GILDED DRAGONS: Buried Treasures from China’s Golden Ages which was opened by the President of China, Jiang Zemin, and Her Majesty the Queen.
More recently Carol has been involved in exhibitions in the British Museum, including The First Emperor in 2007, and in 2009 an exhibition of jades and bronzes from the Shanghai Museum. In 2010 she helped organize an exhibition of Qin and Han dynasty (221 BC –AD 220) material in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm and wrote part of the catalogue and 2013 curated and wrote the catalogue of an exhibition on the Terracotta Army and Treasures of the First Emperor and the Han dynasty in Finland.
Carol frequently lectures abroad on Chinese history and art. She is also a trustee of private ivory and jade collections and was President of the Oriental Ceramic Society, 2003-6.