Sir John Newell Jordan

This collection covers a wide variety of ornate oriental pieces from carvings, textiles and teapots to a hand drawn map of the Forbidden City.

It is named after Sir John Newell Jordan, one of Britain’s most eminent diplomats, who was born at Balloo on the outskirts of Bangor in 1852. Jordan travelled throughout Asia and gained an in-depth understanding of the Chinese character and culture that set him apart from contemporary diplomats. 

The items in the Museum are the legacy of of his son Robert who gifted the pieces to Bangor Borough Council in 1968.