Jessica Harrison-Hall

China and Vietnam

Department: Asia 


+44 (0)20 7323 8848

Jessica Harrison-Hall curates the Chinese ceramics collections of the British Museum and the Sir Percival David Collection, from 4000 BCE to the present. She is also responsible for Vietnamese art and antiquities. Her role is to research, spread understanding of and develop this material through acquisitions, publications, exhibitions, lectures and study access.

She has special interests in the material culture of later Chinese history, particularly the Song to Qing dynasties (960-1911). Her current research focuses on Ming China in the early 15th century and its relationships with the wider world.

Current projects

  • Ceramic Masterpieces
    A three-way collaborative exhibition between six curators at the British Museum, V&A and National Museum of China to open in Beijing in June 2012.

  • Qing Ceramics
    Research and documentation of the Qing Dynasty pottery and porcelain for a comprehensive catalogue of the Museum's largely unpublished holdings.
  • Active role in department acquisitions

Previous projects

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

  • Permanent Council Member of the Oriental Ceramics Society.

Recent publications

J. Harrison-Hall with R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics: Highlights of the Sir Percival David Collection, (London, British Museum Press, 2009)

J. Harrison-Hall, Pocket Timeline of China, (London, British Museum Press, 2007)

J. Harrison-Hall, Vietnam: Behind the Lines Images from the War 1965-75 (London, British Museum Press, 2002)

J. Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics - A Catalogue of the late Yuan and Ming Ceramics in the British Museum (London, British Museum Press, 2001)

J. Harrison-Hall, Ancient Chinese Trade Ceramics from the British Museum, London, with R. Krahl, (National History Museum, Taipei, 1994)