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Demonstration Collection

"Demonstration: A Glimpse into the Power of Collective Action" From historic rallies to artistic expressions

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Suffragette Rally Womens Sunday Programme 1908

Suffragette Rally Womens Sunday Programme 1908. Official programme & souvenir of the Votes for Women Demonstration, 21st June 1908

Background imageDemonstration Collection: The Orrery by Joseph Wright

The Orrery by Joseph Wright (1734-1797). This artwork was painted in 1766. Its full title is A Philospher giving a Lecture on the Orrery in which a Lamp is put in place of the Sun

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Fencing positions

Fencing positions
Page demonstrating the various positions adopted during fencing. Date: 1930

Background imageDemonstration Collection: The Jarrow March. The marchers left Jarrow on 5th October 1936

The Jarrow March. The marchers left Jarrow on 5th October 1936. They reached London on 31st October 1936 and they returned to Jarrow on 5th November 1936

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Metropolitan Police officers, Battle of Cable Street

Metropolitan Police officers, Battle of Cable Street
Metropolitan Police officers attempt to dismantle a barricade set up by anti-fascist demonstrators in the East End of London

Background imageDemonstration Collection: John Lennon in bed with Yoko Ono at the Hilton Hotel Amsterdam during their week long Bed

John Lennon in bed with Yoko Ono at the Hilton Hotel Amsterdam during their week long Bed In peace protest, March 1969

Background imageDemonstration Collection: CM30 2348 Richard Boyall, Ford Escort MK1

CM30 2348 Richard Boyall, Ford Escort MK1
Richard Boyall, Ford Escort MK1, Race Retro, NAEC, National Agricultural Exhibition Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, England, Sunday 23rd February, 2020

Background imageDemonstration Collection: The Airpump by Joseph Wright

The Airpump by Joseph Wright
The Air Pump by Joseph Wright (1734-1797). This artwork was painted in 1768. Its full title is An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Magnetic repulsion

Magnetic repulsion. The iron filings sprinkled between these two bar magnets reveal the shape of the repulsive magnetic field between them

Background imageDemonstration Collection: DC3 (Douglas C-47 Dakota)

DC3 (Douglas C-47 Dakota)

Background imageDemonstration Collection: The fourth state, work by Giuseppe Pelliza da Volpedo

The fourth state, work by Giuseppe Pelliza da Volpedo

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Suffragette Demonstration Rally Hyde Park

Suffragette Demonstration Rally Hyde Park
The Great Suffragette Demonstration held on 23rd July 1910. banners held aloft include Fortune Favours The Brave, Arise Go Forth & Conquer and the Emmeline Pankhurst banner. Date: 23rd July 1910

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Suffragette Demonstration Hyde Park 1908

Suffragette Demonstration Hyde Park 1908. Advertisement for an excursion train to London from Ipswich on Sunday June 21st 1908

Background imageDemonstration Collection: ROBERT CAPA (1913-1954). Hungarian-born American war photographer

ROBERT CAPA (1913-1954). Hungarian-born American war photographer. Capa photographing a May Day demonstration in Tokyo, 1954

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Met Police officers during Grunwick dispute

Met Police officers during Grunwick dispute
Two Metropolitan Police officers relax on deckchairs in The Mall, Central London, waiting for a political demonstration over the Grunwick dispute to begin

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Yugoslavia - Sokol Rally in Belgrade

Yugoslavia - Sokol Rally in Belgrade
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Nurses Watch Surgery

Nurses Watch Surgery
Nurses watch a surgical demonstration from a balcony

Background imageDemonstration Collection: The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, 1632. Artist: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, 1632. Artist: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, 1632. Rembrandt van Rhijn (1606-1669). Found in the collection of the The Mauritshuis, The Hague

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Suffragette Hyde Park Demonstration 1908

Suffragette Hyde Park Demonstration 1908. Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst stands beside Mrs. Wolstenholme Elmy (1833-1918) Pioneer Suffragist then aged 75 yrs, in a Votes for Women sash

Background imageDemonstration Collection: H H Sheikh of Kuwait Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

H H Sheikh of Kuwait Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
The 10th Monarch of Kuwait (between 1921-1950), H H Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (1885-1950) - pictured in October 1933 firing the anti-airplane machine guns - mounted on the rail for demonstration

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Suffragette demonstration. 21st May 1906

Suffragette demonstration. 21st May 1906

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Cable Street demonstration 1936

Cable Street demonstration 1936
Anti-fascist crowds, some giving the Communist clenched fist salute, gather round a tram in the East End of London. A very large crowd gathered to protest against the proposed march by Sir Oswald

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Medical kit in the Civil War, 1860s

Medical kit in the Civil War, 1860s
Civil War medical kit used in field situations, Shiloh Battlefield. Photograph

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Revolutionary art, Museum of the Revolution, Havana, Cuba

Revolutionary art, Museum of the Revolution, Havana, Cuba

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Suffragette Campaign Muriel Matters Pankhurst

Suffragette Campaign Muriel Matters Pankhurst. The campaign of the suffragettes in October 1908, including demonstration in Trafalgar Square, the trial of Mrs

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Tiger Moth Biplane, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

Tiger Moth Biplane, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

Background imageDemonstration Collection: WHITE HOUSE: SUFFRAGETTES. Women suffragettes picketing in front of the White House, Washington

WHITE HOUSE: SUFFRAGETTES. Women suffragettes picketing in front of the White House, Washington, D. C. 1917
WHITE HOUSE: SUFFRAGETTES. Women suffragettes picketing in front of the White House, Washington, D.C. 1917

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Clog Dance / Toaduff

Clog Dance / Toaduff
CLOG DANCING / ENGLISH STEP DANCE An audience watch a demonstration by Jackie Toaduff, at the York Summer Festival

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Communist Demo 1931

Communist Demo 1931
Communist demonstration in Hyde Park : the intense excitement of the crowd reflects the inflammatory oratory of the speakers

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Votes for Women Hyde Pk

Votes for Women Hyde Pk
Photograph showing the scale of the Votes for Women demonstration in Hyde Park on 21 June 1908; many women and men attended; some hold banners

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Crofters of Lewis Riot

Crofters of Lewis Riot
The crofters of Lewis, in the Hebrides, riot against enclosures by landowners : the Riot Act is read at Aignish Farm, near Stornoway

Background imageDemonstration Collection: WOMENs RIGHTS DEMO / 1906

WOMENs RIGHTS DEMO / 1906
A Womens Social & Political Union demonstration in Hyde Park

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Reino Unido (20th c. ). Suffragette demonstration

Reino Unido (20th c. ). Suffragette demonstration
Reino Unido (20th c.). Suffragette demonstration in London. Engraving. FRANCE. Paris. National Library

Background imageDemonstration Collection: The Great Docks Strike of 1912 - Scene at Grays, Essex

The Great Docks Strike of 1912 - Scene at Grays, Essex
The Great Docks (Docker s) Strike of 1912 - Scene at a Demonstration at Grays, Essex. The pre-war era witnessed massive industrial unrest as dockers, transport workers

Background imageDemonstration Collection: CM32 5042 Nick Pardie, Barlotti, Honda CR250

CM32 5042 Nick Pardie, Barlotti, Honda CR250
Nick Pardie, Barlotti, Honda CR250, Karting Legends demonstration, HSCC, Saturday 2nd April 2022, Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, Kent DA3 8NG, England

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Cartoons, The Great Chartist Demonstration

Cartoons, The Great Chartist Demonstration -- No. IX, The Beginning and the End. 1848

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Czech Republic - 10th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1938

Czech Republic - 10th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1938
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Max Factor make up booklet with Hollywood stars

Max Factor make up booklet with Hollywood stars
Rochelle Hudson and Bette Davis demonstrate how to apply powder and rouge respectively in a Max Factor promotional booklet. Date: 1937

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Woman police officer in self-defence exercise

Woman police officer in self-defence exercise
Woman police officer (Moya Wood-Heath) taking part in a self-defence demonstration exercise at an outdoor event, watched by spectators. Date: circa early 1970s

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Czech Republic - 9th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1932

Czech Republic - 9th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1932
9th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1932. A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic)

Background imageDemonstration Collection: CM30 2095 Malcolm Braid, Peugeot 205 GTi

CM30 2095 Malcolm Braid, Peugeot 205 GTi
Malcolm Braid, Peugeot 205 GTi, Race Retro, NAEC, National Agricultural Exhibition Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, England, Sunday 23rd February, 2020

Background imageDemonstration Collection: The benefits of taking the water at Bad Wildungen, Germany

The benefits of taking the water at Bad Wildungen, Germany
Comic illustration of the wonderful benefits to a ladys urinary tract (!) having taken the water at Bad Wildungen - a German therapeutic spa Town with springs that bring forth water containing iron

Background imageDemonstration Collection: A general view of the scene outside Silverdale House, Hampstead Road, London when

A general view of the scene outside Silverdale House, Hampstead Road, London when large crowds assembled to hamper the progress of police who had arrived to give bailiffs support in their attempt to

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Lurgashall Fete - July 1940

Lurgashall Fete - July 1940
Children performing in the foreground, game of cricket in the background viewed by crowd of spectators. Garland Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref. No. Garland N19551

Background imageDemonstration Collection: GLC-LFB Centenary Royal Review at Lambeth HQ

GLC-LFB Centenary Royal Review at Lambeth HQ
To celebrate the 100 years of the London Fire Brigade, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip reviewed the London Fire Brigade at Lambeth headquarters

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Fruit-powered clock

Fruit-powered clock. In this experiment each apple is a voltaic cell. The apples have been connected to make a battery. Copper (orange) and zinc (silver)

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Brian Jacks

Brian Jacks
World Champion for the arm dips, Brian Jacks gives a demonstration. Jacks was a British judoka who won Britains first medal at a world championship, taking a bronze in Salt Lake City in 1967

Background imageDemonstration Collection: Rembrandts Dissection

Rembrandts Dissection
An anatomical demonstration



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"Demonstration: A Glimpse into the Power of Collective Action" From historic rallies to artistic expressions, demonstrations have long been a powerful tool for expressing ideas and effecting change. Just like Joseph Wright's "The Orrery" beautifully showcases the demonstration of scientific principles, various events throughout history have exemplified the strength of collective voices. One such event was the Suffragette Rally during Women's Sunday Programme in 1908. Thousands gathered, demanding equal rights and suffrage for women. Their determination echoed again in 1906 when Suffragettes held another demonstration, leaving an indelible mark on history. In 1936, the Jarrow Marchers embarked on a journey that would become an iconic demonstration against unemployment and poverty. Their resilience symbolized unity as they marched from Jarrow to London, capturing national attention. Demonstrations aren't limited to political causes alone; even sports like fencing exhibit strategic positions as athletes demonstrate their skills with precision and grace. Artistic demonstrations also hold immense power. In Joseph Wright's painting "The Airpump, " he portrays a scientific experiment demonstrating air pressure – showcasing how art can capture moments of discovery and enlightenment. Beyond traditional forms of protest or expression, John Lennon and Yoko Ono famously staged their week-long Bed-In at Amsterdam's Hilton Hotel in 1969. This unconventional demonstration aimed to promote peace by challenging societal norms through peaceful resistance. Even automobiles like Richard Boyall's Ford Escort MK1 (CM30 2348) or aircrafts like the DC3 Dakota (Douglas C-47) can be seen as demonstrations of engineering prowess and technological advancements that shape our world today. Furthermore, magnetic repulsion demonstrates fundamental physics principles while Suffragette Demonstrations in Hyde Park serve as reminders of courageous women who fought tirelessly for gender equality over a century ago. In essence they can more than just gatherings or displays; they represent humanity's desire for progress, justice, and freedom.