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Bonfire Night Collection

"Remember, remember the 5th of November. A rich history dating back to the infamous Gunpowder Plot in 1605

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Autumn Leaves, 1856, (c1915). Artist: John Everett Millais

Autumn Leaves, 1856, (c1915). Artist: John Everett Millais
Autumn Leaves, 1856, (c1915). The painting is held by the Manchester Art Gallery. From International Art: Past and Present by Alfred Yockney. [Virtue & Company, London, c1915]

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: The Capture Of Guy Fawkes, 1605, (c1850)

The Capture Of Guy Fawkes, 1605, (c1850). Fawkes was an English conspirator who attempted to blow up the houses of Parliament on November 5th

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Firework rocket on stick

Firework rocket on stick

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plotters, 1605

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plotters, 1605. Roman Catholic conspiracy to blow up English Houses of Parliament on 5 November 1605 when James I due to open new session

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: UK, England, East Sussex, People watching fireworks at Nevill Junior Bonfire night; Lewes

UK, England, East Sussex, People watching fireworks at Nevill Junior Bonfire night; Lewes

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Engraving depicting the 1886 Lewes Bonfire

Engraving depicting the 1886 Lewes Bonfire
5308604 Engraving depicting the 1886 Lewes Bonfire; (add.info.: Engraving depicting the 1886 Lewes Bonfire. Lewes Bonfire describes a set of celebrations held in the town of Lewes)

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series 'One Hundred Famous Views...', 1858

Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series "One Hundred Famous Views...", 1858
Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)", 1858

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series 'Reflections on Water at Famous... 1852

Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series "Reflections on Water at Famous... 1852
Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series "Reflections on Water at Famous Places in Edo (Edo meisho mizu no omokage)", 1852

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series 'One Hundred Famous Views...', 1858

Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series "One Hundred Famous Views...", 1858
Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)", 1858

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series 'One Hundred Famous...', 1858

Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series "One Hundred Famous...", 1858
Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)", 1858

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series One Hundred Famous... 1858

Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series One Hundred Famous... 1858. Creator: Ando Hiroshige
Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku hanabi), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei), 1858

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Bonfire night at Victoria Park, Smethwick, for (from left to right) Matthew Jones

Bonfire night at Victoria Park, Smethwick, for (from left to right) Matthew Jones, Chris Davies, Jennine Jones, Tracey Lissamore and Peter Johns. 5th November 1980

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Two lads with a rather grumpy Guy seen here on the streets of Cardiff 29th October 1979

Two lads with a rather grumpy Guy seen here on the streets of Cardiff 29th October 1979

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Youngsters enjoying Guy Fawkes Night. Circa 1975

Youngsters enjoying Guy Fawkes Night. Circa 1975

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Youngsters from Edge Hill enjoying Guy Fawkes Night. Liverpool, Merseyside

Youngsters from Edge Hill enjoying Guy Fawkes Night. Liverpool, Merseyside. 5th November 1975

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Round Table Fireworks, Kings Meadow park, Reading, Berkshire, 3rd November 1990

Round Table Fireworks, Kings Meadow park, Reading, Berkshire, 3rd November 1990

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Fireworks, Kings Meadow park, Reading, Berkshire, 4th November 1995

Fireworks, Kings Meadow park, Reading, Berkshire, 4th November 1995

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: 'Penny for the guy. 'Children on the streets of Reading collecting money with

"Penny for the guy. "Children on the streets of Reading collecting money with
" Penny for the guy." Children on the streets of Reading collecting money with their " Guy" for bonfire night. 4th November 1970

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Bonfire Night Party at Heaton Park, Manchester, 4th November 1995

Bonfire Night Party at Heaton Park, Manchester, 4th November 1995

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Children at Myrtle Gardens enjoying a damp bonfire night, Liverpool, Merseyside

Children at Myrtle Gardens enjoying a damp bonfire night, Liverpool, Merseyside. 5th November 1979

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: The thrills of Guy Fawkes night are reflected in the faces of these youngsters as they

The thrills of Guy Fawkes night are reflected in the faces of these youngsters as they gathered round their bonfire in Premier Street, Everton, Merseyside last night. 5th November 1974

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Windsor Castle from the Lower Court on the Fifth of November—Fireworks, 1776

Windsor Castle from the Lower Court on the Fifth of November—Fireworks, 1776
Windsor Castle from the Lower Court on the Fifth of November--Fireworks, 1776

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: November Effigies, 1877. Creator: John Thomson

November Effigies, 1877. Creator: John Thomson
November Effigies, 1877. A work made of woodburytype, from the album " street life in london"

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: November Effigies, 1881. Creator: John Thomson

November Effigies, 1881. Creator: John Thomson
November Effigies, 1881. A work made of woodburytype, plate 13 in the book " street incidents" (1881)

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: The Fifth of November (engraving)

The Fifth of November (engraving)
1097399 The Fifth of November (engraving) by Hine, Henry George (1811-95) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Fifth of November)

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Please To Remember The Fifth Of November (litho)

Please To Remember The Fifth Of November (litho)
2811733 Please To Remember The Fifth Of November (litho) by Hardy, Evelyn Stuart (1865-1935); Private Collection; (add.info.: Please To Remember The Fifth Of November)

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Guy Fawkes Night in London (chromolitho)

Guy Fawkes Night in London (chromolitho)
2782704 Guy Fawkes Night in London (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Guy Fawkes Night in London)

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot and capture of Guy Fawkes, 1936 (oil on canvas)

Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot and capture of Guy Fawkes, 1936 (oil on canvas)
498686 Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot and capture of Guy Fawkes, 1936 (oil on canvas) by Bull, Rene(1872-1942); Private Collection; (add.info.: Gunpowder Plot, November 5th)

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Guy Fawkes Day procession in Lewes, Sussex, 5 November 1892 (litho)

Guy Fawkes Day procession in Lewes, Sussex, 5 November 1892 (litho)
6014250 Guy Fawkes Day procession in Lewes, Sussex, 5 November 1892 (litho) by Ward, Enoch (1859-1922); Private Collection; (add.info.: Guy Fawkes Day procession in Lewes, Sussex, 5 November 1892)

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: The Fifth of November, engraved by Charles Knight (1743-c. 1826), pub. by J. F

The Fifth of November, engraved by Charles Knight (1743-c. 1826), pub. by J. F
NP125580 The Fifth of November, engraved by Charles Knight (1743-c.1826), pub. by J.F. Tomkins, 1790 (stipple engraving) (pair of 125881) by Stothard

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Guy Fawkes Day (engraving)

Guy Fawkes Day (engraving)
1587119 Guy Fawkes Day (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Guy Fawkes Day. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 5 November 1842)

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: The best that London has to offer on Guy Fawkes Day (b / w photo)

The best that London has to offer on Guy Fawkes Day (b / w photo)
3637418 The best that London has to offer on Guy Fawkes Day (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The best that London has to offer on Guy Fawkes Day)

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: The Fifth of November, excited boy on Bonfire Night (colour litho)

The Fifth of November, excited boy on Bonfire Night (colour litho)
6029792 The Fifth of November, excited boy on Bonfire Night (colour litho) by Browne, Tom (1872-1910); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Fifth of November, excited boy on Bonfire Night)

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Depiction of the month of November (colour litho)

Depiction of the month of November (colour litho)
961086 Depiction of the month of November (colour litho) by Dudley, Robert (fl.1865-91) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Depiction of the month of November)

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: The rector of St Botolphs church, Chevening (left) seen here with pupils

The rector of St Botolphs church, Chevening (left) seen here with pupils, parents and teachers of Dorton House school for the blind on bonfire night. 5th November 1985

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Penny for the guy on a South Wales street Two elderly ladies having a laugh at Guy

Penny for the guy on a South Wales street Two elderly ladies having a laugh at Guy Fawkes expense. 29th October 1996

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Children with their guy on a Cardiff Street. 25th October 1974

Children with their guy on a Cardiff Street. 25th October 1974

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Manacled and still clutching his bombs, Guy Fawkes was paraded through the streets of

Manacled and still clutching his bombs, Guy Fawkes was paraded through the streets of Splott in Cardiff on his way to a hot reception at Moorland Park

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Guys sit next to a bonfire modelled to look like the Houses of Parliament

Guys sit next to a bonfire modelled to look like the Houses of Parliament. 5th November 1993

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Penny for the guy on a South Wales street 29th October 1996

Penny for the guy on a South Wales street 29th October 1996

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Guy Fawkes Night. Circa 1980

Guy Fawkes Night. Circa 1980

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Busy building their massive bonfire in readiness for tonight are some of the children in

Busy building their massive bonfire in readiness for tonight are some of the children in the Aigburth Vale area of Sefton Park, Liverpool. 5th November 1962

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Youngsters enjoying Guy Fawkes Night. 5th November 1975

Youngsters enjoying Guy Fawkes Night. 5th November 1975

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: A young boy with a robot guy. 8th October 1957

A young boy with a robot guy. 8th October 1957

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Children building a bonfire on Teesside. 1971

Children building a bonfire on Teesside. 1971

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Bonfire Night, Reading, Berkshire, November 1975

Bonfire Night, Reading, Berkshire, November 1975

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Bonfire Night at Waterloo Meadows park, Reading, Berkshire, November 1980

Bonfire Night at Waterloo Meadows park, Reading, Berkshire, November 1980

Background imageBonfire Night Collection: Firemen Geoff Sykes (left) and Mick Senior spell out a Bonfire Night fire safety message

Firemen Geoff Sykes (left) and Mick Senior spell out a Bonfire Night fire safety message to Karen Thompson and Ashley Chapman



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"Remember, remember the 5th of November. A rich history dating back to the infamous Gunpowder Plot in 1605. The capture of Guy Fawkes and his fellow plotters is depicted in an intriguing painting from around 1850. As the night falls, a firework rocket on a stick illuminates the sky, symbolizing the explosive events that unfolded centuries ago. In England's East Sussex, crowds gather at Nevill Junior Bonfire night in Lewes to witness dazzling fireworks light up the autumn leaves. This tradition brings people together, just like it did back in 1979 when two lads paraded their grumpy-looking Guy through Cardiff's streets. Youngsters have always found joy in celebrating Guy Fawkes Night; whether it was circa 1975 or even earlier when children from Edge Hill enjoyed this festive occasion in Liverpool. The Round Table Fireworks display at Kings Meadow park in Reading became an annual spectacle for Berkshire residents starting from November 3rd, 1990. Five years later, on November 4th, fireworks once again painted vibrant colors across the same park. Children eagerly roamed Reading's streets during this time with their famous plea: "Penny for the guy. " Bonfire Night isn't complete without community gatherings like Victoria Park's celebration in Smethwick. In one snapshot captured forever, Matthew Jones stands alongside others as they enjoy bonfires and fireworks lighting up their faces. Bonfire Night continues to be cherished by many as we commemorate history while marveling at mesmerizing displays of lights and colors.