As part of the BBC Civilisation Festival, an ornate Chinese portable shrine will be on display in the museum from 1st March through to 25th April.

The shrine was found floating in Guangzhou harbour in Southern China in the late 18th century. Like Norton Priory’s famous medieval statue of St Christopher, these shrines were believed to offer protection to travellers. They were carried in the trading vessels of the sea-faring people of southern China. Sadly, the owner of this example is believed to have foundered in a terrible storm over two hundred years ago.

The shrine is on loan from National Museums Liverpool