British Airways 80 Years of Connecting HK to the UK


British Airways LogoThe British Chinese Heritage Centre of Ming-Ai Institute is honoured to curate the following exhibitions for British Airways, to celebrate its 80-year anniversary of connecting UK and Hong Kong.  The maiden flight which departed on 14 March 1936 took ten days to complete while flights today take an average of 12 hours.

The very first journey involved more than seven different aircraft, including Imperial Airway’s De Havilland D.H. 86 'Dorado', and the BOAC Short Brothers flying-boat, comprised of 24 stops on route, including Athens, Baghdad, and Bangkok.

 Nowadays the airline operates 14 direct flights a week between the two cities, with overnight services operated by the Boeing 777 and the ‘super jumbo,’ the Airbus A380.

The 80-year anniversary underlines British Airways’ position as the longest standing European operator to Hong Kong. Richard Tams, British Airways’ executive vice president for China, said: "British Airways has never lost the pioneering spirit and the vision that saw it take to the skies with the first commercial service between Hong Kong and London 80 years ago. That was a very important link and it helped open the skies for trade, leisure and family travel between the two cities."

A series of three exhibitions will highlight different aspects of impacts to the society and community between the two places, archival materials and artefacts are supported by the British Airways Heritage Collection.  We will walk down the memory lane with you and preserve the legacy for future generations.  The content of the three exhibitions will be uploaded here once the anniversary project is completed in February 2017.


80 deco180 Years of Connecting Hong Kong to the UK: Pioneering Hong Kong's Civil Aviation and Its Relations with Our Sociocultural History

This exhibitoin is co-presented with the Master of Social Sciences (Media, Culture and Creative Cities) Programme, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Science of the University of Hong Kong.  The exhibition tracks down the history of Hong Kong's civil aviation development against social, cultural and political transformations in Hong Kong over the decades.  It tells compelling and moving stories that connect histories of two cultures through valuable archival images, artefacts and oral testimonials provided by British Airways as well as MCCC students.

MC3@702 Creative Space 創意空間
7/F The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
6 May 2016 - 30 June 2016


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Connecting UK & HK: A Review of Its Aviation Development

Hong Kong Museum of History 香港歷史博物館
Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong

14 December 2016 - 9 January 2017
Free Admission

Public programme at the Hong Kong Musuem of History:

14 Dec 2016, 3-5 pm
Mapping the Airways
Paul Jarvis, Curator of British Airways Heritage Collection (in English)
Paul Jarvis 先生,英國航空歷史文物中心主管(英語主講)

21 Dec 2016, 15:00-17:00
Business Archives: What about your business archives
Ms Sarah Tam, Director of External Relations, The Hong Kong Archives Society

24 Dec 2016, 15:00-17:00
125 Years of Aviation History in Hong Kong
Ir James Ng, Chartered Electrical Engineer

25 Dec 2016, 15:00-17:00
Brief Introduction to the Chinese Diasporic Workforce in the UK
Chungwen Li, Dean of Ming-Ai (London) Institute

31 Dec 2016, 15:00-17:00
Taking Flight from below the Lion Rock: Postwar Air Travel in Hong Kong
Dr John D. Wong, Assistant Professor, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, The University of Hong Kong and Dr Tommy Tse, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong
王迪安博士,香港大學現代語言及文化學院助理教授 及 謝浩麟博士,香港大學社會學系助理教授



80 animals1A Tale of Two Cities: Connecting London & Hong Kong

China Exchange, London  倫敦中國站
32A Gerrard Street, London W1D 6JA

15 February 2017 - 26 February 2017
11:00 - 18:00 (Daily)
Free Admission

Public programme at China Exchange:

16 Feb 2017, 13:00-15:00
Adversity, Adoption and Afterwards: A Mid-life Follow Up Study of Women Adopted from Hong Kong
Julia Feast OBE

16 Feb 2017, 15:30-17:00
Mapping the Airways
Paul Jarvis, Curator of British Airways Heritage Collection

18 Feb 2017, 16:00-17:00
Brief Introduction to the Chinese Diasporic Workforce in the UK
Chungwen Li, Dean of Ming-Ai (London) Institute

21 Feb 2017, 15:30-17:00
Are you Ready for China?
Avi Nagel, China Business Adviser of China-Britain Business Council