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Miao Yu

Hubei Provincial Museum


Country: China

ITP Year: 2014


Yu Miao was born in northern China. She has been engaged in audience study and multimedia creation of cultural relics since 2012 at Hubei Provincial Museum. Previously she worked at Guang Zhou University for three years, engaged in Communication Research and Education.

After receiving a PhD degree in 2011 from Wuhan University she started her museum career. Yu Miao devotes herself to integrating history with modern culture and enriching ways of exhibition based on study results among audience evaluation in the museum. In 2014, she participated in the ITP at the British Museum from which she gained valuable experiences. She considers introducing the concept of sponsorship to Hubei Provincial Museum a major achievement of this training.

The first sponsored project Little Wooden House launched in 2015 in collaboration with Wuhan University Press; the project provides a Public Culture Space for teenage audiences in particular. Little Wooden House incorporates historical knowledge and museum collections into multimedia activities.  The Little Wooden House project also provides publications and public lectures which continue today.

As the person in charge of the public communication centre, Yu Miao is devoted to turning traditional culture into public education resources with digital technologies, such as apps, e-books and online courses, so as to make museums profitable while serving more people.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2014, Yu Miao was based in the Department of Asia and her partner placement was spent at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.

In 2014 participants were asked to prepare a project outlining an exhibition proposal based on the Asahi Shimbun Displays – a temporary exhibition in Room 3 at the British Museum.  Yu Miao’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Ritual and Music in the Bronze Age of China.

Her participation on the International Training Programme was generously supported by the Sino-British Fellowship Trust.

Legacy Projects

In May 2017 Yu Miao returned to the British Museum to attend the ITP+ Course on temporary exhibitions & permanent display with fellows from India, Iran, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey, and different ITP years.

ITP Newsletter Publications

ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), How the ITP changed my life

ITP Newsletter Issue 8 (2021), Introducing As if in the Circumstance