After 10 months of wowing the crowds at the World Museum Liverpool, the Terracotta Warriors begin their journey home.
Revealed as the most popular exhibition ever held by National Museums Liverpool, China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors contributed almost £80 million to the Liverpool City Region’s economy.
Alongside that unprecedented boost, the exhibition, part of the wider Chinese Dream programme from Culture Liverpool, has brought a piece of ancient history to life to thousands of local school children and 97,000 visitors on group tours.
The exhibition officially closed its doors on Sunday 28th October 2018, after a 9 month-long run, most of which was sold out in advance. Now the painstaking task of auditing more than 180 ancient artefacts begins and this is no ordinary packing party.
Watch above as World Museum’s Laura Johnson chats with our Jay about the meticulous operation that sees China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors make the 5,000 mile journey home.
From coins to pottery, jewellery, the golden horse and of course the warriors themselves, each and every artefact is painstakingly checked, wrapped and packed away, ready to be transported back to China and the rest of this colossal collection.
From fridge magnets to miniature warrior statues, street art to cocktails, the story of China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors has influenced everything from city bars to classroom art lessons. It’s safe to say that the Terracotta legacy will be felt in the city for a long time to come.
This article first appeared online in The Guide Liverpool https://www.theguideliverpool.com/watch-liverpool-bids-farewell-to-the-terracotta-warriors-2000-years-of-ancient-history/