GBCC Trust Chairman becomes Honorary Citizen of Jingdezhen

Rose Kerr Jingdezhen

The Chairman of the Great Britain China Centre Educational Trust, Rose Kerr, has been awarded honorary citizenship of Jingdezhen, the epicentre of China’s porcelain industry.

Formerly the Keeper (head) of the Far Eastern Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Ms Kerr has been working independently as a scholar, writer and lecturer since retirement in 2003.

Ms Kerr is one of the UK leading experts on Chinese ceramics. Whilst working at the V&A, Ms Kerr organised numerous exhibitions and seminars on Jingdezhen porcelain and her fascination with these ceramics has led her to visit the city eight times in the past three decades:

"I have visited Jingdezhen eight times and each time I saw changes which were very deep," she said. "It has become a clean and modern city but does not neglect its past."

Ms Kerr becomes the first non-Chinese citizen to be conferred such an award, on the basis of her 'outstanding contribution to academic research on Jingdezhen ceramics, and the promotion of cultural exchange between the UK and China'. As an honorary citizen, she will pursue a role in promoting Jingdezhen and its world famous porcelain.


Rose Kerr graduated with a degree in Chinese studies from SOAS, part of which she spent as a student in China during the last year of the Cultural Revolution, 1975-76.

She went on to be the Keeper of the Far Eastern Department at the V&A Museum in her professional career, and consequently an Honorary Associate of the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge. She is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Glasgow, Trustee of the Sir Percival David Foundation, in addition to her position as Chairman of the GBCC Education Trust.

Ms Kerr has published widely on Chinese ceramics.

Image Source: 09/Nov/2015

Date posted: 20 November 2015

Categories: Educational Grants