Tibet collection

Tibet collection

This expansive and internationally significant collection of more than 2,000 objects offers a role call of the many influential British India officers connected to Tibet and the Himalaya.


This is part of the Asia collection.

Objects, photographs and archives once belonging to Charles Bell, Hugh Richardson, Frederick Marshman ‘Eric’ Bailey, John Claude White and Francis Younghusband tell of the early 20th century colonial encounter with Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim. Later additions offer a Tibetan perspective on more recent events with watercolours produced by Tibetan refugees in India in the 1960s and contemporary artworks created by some of today's leading Tibetan artists.

Our current contemporary collecting programme focusses on Tibetan opera (or ache lhamo). This collecting programme, in collaboration with the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts (TIPA), is running from 2011-16 and is funded by the Molly Tomlinson Foundation. The aim of the project is to build an archive (objects, film, photographs) of Tibetan opera, an important part of Tibetan exile culture that will bring fresh viewpoints to Liverpool’s historical collections.

Charles Bell Tibetan online collection

Explore the Charles Bell Tibetan collection.