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Beecham Collection

"Beecham: A Legacy of Prominence and Excellence" Step into the world of Beecham, where history intertwines with music, medicine, and innovation

Background imageBeecham Collection: Promotional jigsaw, Beechams Pills and Powders

Promotional jigsaw, Beechams Pills and Powders. circa 1930s

Background imageBeecham Collection: Advert for Beechams Pills 1887

Advert for Beechams Pills 1887
What are the Wild Waves saying ? Try BREECHAMs PILLS! 1887

Background imageBeecham Collection: The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Promotional postcard for The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare; set to music by Adrian Welles Beecham. First produced at the Grand Theatre, Brighton

Background imageBeecham Collection: Leading musicians during the reign of King George V

Leading musicians during the reign of King George V
Leading classical musicians and composers during the first 25 years of the reign of King George V: Wood, Beecham, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Walford Davies. Date: 1935

Background imageBeecham Collection: Caricature illustrations of Mr Thomas Beecham and Mr Richard Strauss. With description

Caricature illustrations of Mr Thomas Beecham and Mr Richard Strauss. With description, Dr Richard Strauss as seen by a member of the Covent Garden Orchestra; Both gentlemen are once again very

Background imageBeecham Collection: Photographs of opera personalities, within illustrated frame with fuchsias

Photographs of opera personalities, within illustrated frame with fuchsias. Including, Mr Robert Radford; A very fine basso, who has long been popular on the concert platform

Background imageBeecham Collection: Hawker Siddeley HS. 125-3B-RA G-AVVB

Hawker Siddeley HS. 125-3B-RA G-AVVB
Hawker Siddeley HS.125-3B/RA G-AVVB (msn 25140), of Beecham. Date: circa 1990

Background imageBeecham Collection: Hawker-Siddeley HS-125-3B G-AZVS

Hawker-Siddeley HS-125-3B G-AZVS
Hawker-Siddeley HS-125-3B/RA G-AZVS (msn 25132), of Beecham Imperial Aviation Limited, at London Heathrow Airport in company with HS-125-400 G-AYNR. Date: circa 1975

Background imageBeecham Collection: Sir Thomas Beecham leaving the War Office 1939

Sir Thomas Beecham leaving the War Office 1939
Photograph of famous conductor Sir Thomas Beecham as he leaves the War Office, after a discussion concerning entertainment provisions for soldiers, following the outbreak of war in September

Background imageBeecham Collection: Front cover, Beechams Family Almanack

Front cover, Beechams Family Almanack, published by the proprietor of Beechams Pills. Date: 1905

Background imageBeecham Collection: The Marriage of Figaro by Claude Shepperson

The Marriage of Figaro by Claude Shepperson
An incident in the third act of the opera, The Marriage of Figaro in which the Count thinks he has caught the Countess philandering with Figaro

Background imageBeecham Collection: Advert for Beechams Pills 1900

Advert for Beechams Pills 1900
The before and after approach is a mainstay of medical advertising : here it is, used dramatically, if not credibly, by the manufacturers of Beechams Pills. 1900

Background imageBeecham Collection: Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), English conductor and impresario

Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), English conductor and impresario. Beecham, seen here holding a cigar, founded the New Symphony Orchestra

Background imageBeecham Collection: Beechams Laboratories, St. Helens, Lancashire

Beechams Laboratories, St. Helens, Lancashire. 1930s

Background imageBeecham Collection: Advert for Beechams Pills 1886

Advert for Beechams Pills 1886
Used in the Palace by Queen Victoria, in the cottage, at sea and when studying. Sold only at wholesale and retail, by the Proprietor, T. Beecham, chemist St. Heens, lancashire. 1886

Background imageBeecham Collection: Thomas Beecham (1879-1961) English conductor and impresario, in old age. Below the

Thomas Beecham (1879-1961) English conductor and impresario, in old age. Below the portrait is the entrance to Covent Garden Theatre, London. From card issued with Brook Bond Tea

Background imageBeecham Collection: Thomas Beecham (1879-1961) English conductor and impresario. Beecham holding a cigar

Thomas Beecham (1879-1961) English conductor and impresario. Beecham holding a cigar. Photograph by courtesy of EMI

Background imageBeecham Collection: Advertisement for Beechams Pills from an American newspaper of 1890

Advertisement for Beechams Pills from an American newspaper of 1890
PATENT MEDICINE PILL, 1890. Advertisement for Beechams Pills from an American newspaper of 1890

Background imageBeecham Collection: Sir Thomas Beecham

Sir Thomas Beecham Date: c. 1900s

Background imageBeecham Collection: Little Games for the Holidays - Bouncing the Beechum

Little Games for the Holidays - Bouncing the Beechum
A curious game invented by Heath Robinson whereby a tiny ball or beechum is sprung into the air by the hefty use of a mallet while a number of public school boys wait to catch it with nets poised

Background imageBeecham Collection: Thomas Beecham and Sir Herbert Tree

Thomas Beecham and Sir Herbert Tree
The English Actor-Manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree (seated), pictured with Sir Thomas Beecham, English conductor and impresario together in Trees study at His Majestys Theatre in London


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"Beecham: A Legacy of Prominence and Excellence" Step into the world of Beecham, where history intertwines with music, medicine, and innovation. From promotional jigsaws to iconic pills and powders, it has left an indelible mark on various realms. In 1887, an advert for Beechams Pills captured the attention of many seeking relief. As Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice" enthralled audiences on stage, Sir Thomas Beecham embarked on his journey towards greatness. Leading musicians during King George V's reign found solace in the melodies conducted by this remarkable maestro. Caricature illustrations showcased Mr. Thomas Beecham alongside Dr. Richard Strauss - two prominent figures captivating public interest once again. The Covent Garden Orchestra member described Dr. Strauss as a musical genius through their eyes. Within illustrated frames adorned with fuchsias were photographs capturing opera personalities like Mr. Robert Radford - a celebrated basso known for his commanding presence on concert platforms; Mr. Harry Dearth - a robust baritone with vast experience who resonated deeply with audiences; and Mme [insert name], whose enchanting voice captivated hearts worldwide. Beecham's influence extended beyond music as well – soaring high in the skies was the Hawker Siddeley HS-125-3B-RA G-AVVB aircraft bearing its name proudly across its wingspan in 1900; later followed by the majestic Hawker-Siddeley HS-125-3B G-AZVS that exemplified excellence in aviation engineering. Even amidst tumultuous times, Sir Thomas Beecham remained steadfastly dedicated to his craft – leaving the War Office in 1939 while upholding his commitment to music and humanity alike. The front cover of Beechams Family Almanack served as a gateway into a world filled with knowledge and guidance for countless families, embodying Beecham's commitment to holistic well-being.