Striving and Transforming: Exhibition on the History of Hong Kong Industry
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Explore Hong Kong’s history as a manufacturing hub in the 20th century in a new Museum of History exhibition with over a thousand classic Hong Kong-made products.
The Hong Kong Museum of History’s latest exhibition, Striving and Transforming – The History of Hong Kong Industry, shines a light on the city’s history as a manufacturing hub in the 20th century, showcasing some 1,200 sets of classic Hong Kong-made products.
Hong Kong’s manufacturing industry began its development in the early 20th century, but only blossomed after the Second World War when Hong Kong was transformed from an entrepôt into an export-oriented industrial economy. The city’s export volume led the world, and Hong Kong industry celebrated its heyday in the 1970s.
“Made in Hong Kong” became an internationally recognised brand, and the manufacturing boom improved people’s living standards tremendously. However, Hong Kong’s industries underwent another structural change in recent years, with many factories being relocated to Mainland China. Hong Kong remains a base for decision making, product design and promotion, while exploring new possibilities in the high-tech and creative industries.
In addition to showcasing the history of Hong Kong industry over the past century, the exhibition also explores the direction for future development, illustrates how industrialists strived for success, and pays tribute to the working class for their contribution to Hong Kong’s industrial development.