The famous terracotta warriors1 of China's first emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, are going on display at Liverpool's World Museum in 2018.
The warriors last came to the UK in 2007, when they were the second most popular exhibition ever at the British Museum, attracting over 850,000 visitors. David Fleming, director of National Museums Liverpool, said the organisation2
was "hugely excited" to have signed an agreement to bring the warriors to the city.
The exhibition will start in February 2018 and run for 6 months and is expected to attract visitors from across the UK and Europe on a similar scale to the British Museum exhibition.
Since the warriors were discovered, near the city of Xi’an, more than 8,000 highly detailed3
models have been excavated4
. The army was there to protect the body of the emperor, who was the first to unite China in the late third century BCE.
The announcement of the deal to bring the warriors to Liverpool was made during the visit of the UK Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley, to China. She said: "The terracotta army represents one of the most significant archaeological excavations5
of the 20th century, and I am delighted that a selection of the warriors will be coming to Liverpool for the first time in 2018. I am sure that the exhibition will be very warmly received by the people of Merseyside and beyond as Britain welcomes back the terracotta warriors.
"The exhibition will also encourage an ongoing6
cultural exchange between China and Britain, further progressing the relationship between our two nations and strengthening lasting7