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Exhibitions Collection

Exhibitions have long been a captivating platform for showcasing the wonders of art, culture, and innovation

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Crystal Palace Aerial

Crystal Palace Aerial
Aerial view of the Crystal Palace in its glory, surrounded by 200 acres of gardens and recreation facilities

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Chicago World Fair 1893

Chicago World Fair 1893
View from the air of the Chicago World Fair

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Festival of Britain View

Festival of Britain View
Aerial view of the exhibition site of the 1951 Festival of Britain on Londons South Bank showing the Dome of Discovery, The Skylon and other pavilions

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Inside the Great Exhibition of 1851

Inside the Great Exhibition of 1851
The Great Exhibition of All Nations - general view of the interior of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Advert / Exhib Pre-Raphael

Advert / Exhib Pre-Raphael
Show of Pre-Raphaelite art at the Goupil Gallery, London : but the style of the poster is post-pre-Raphaelite even while paying homage to the pre- Raphaelite subject-matter

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Art Exhibition Glasgow

Art Exhibition Glasgow
Poster for an exhibition at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts - a striking example of the characteristic style which makes this one of the most advanced schools of art

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Crystal Palace before it burnt down in 1936

Crystal Palace before it burnt down in 1936
An aerial view of Crystal Palace, SE London, before it burnt down in 1936

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Festival of Britain

Festival of Britain
The brand new Royal Festival Hall and South Bank Exhibition with the Dome of Discovery on the right, seen from across the river Thames

Background imageExhibitions Collection: View of the Great Exhibition from across the Serpentine

View of the Great Exhibition from across the Serpentine
The Great Exhibition of All Nations in Hyde Park, London - general view of the Crystal Palace from across the Serpentine

Background imageExhibitions Collection: PAXTON, Joseph (1801-1865). Crystal Palace. 1851

PAXTON, Joseph (1801-1865). Crystal Palace. 1851. First building with revolutionary modular, prefabricated design, and use of glass. Built for the Universal Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park, London

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Stockholm Exhibition 1930

Stockholm Exhibition 1930
Poster for the Stockholm Exhibition, 1930. Date: 1930

Background imageExhibitions Collection: C. Palace Colour Photo

C. Palace Colour Photo
The Crystal Palace and grounds, looking from the south east

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Crystal Palace 1901

Crystal Palace 1901
Exterior view of the Crystal Palace which gives a fine impression of the awesome size of the magnificent building. Date: circa 1899

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Crystal Palace Plan

Crystal Palace Plan
A floor plan of the Exhibition building - the ground floor and the galleries, showing how the courts open out from the central transept

Background imageExhibitions Collection: British Empire Exhibition, 1924

British Empire Exhibition, 1924
A poster which declares that Britains past and present beckon you to Wembley, the north London venue of this exhibition

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Grand Entrance to the Great Exhibition of 1851

Grand Entrance to the Great Exhibition of 1851
The Great Exhibition of All Nations in Hyde Park, London - view of the Grand Entrance to the Crystal Palace, with people milling around

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Royal Festival Hall 1951

Royal Festival Hall 1951
The newly built Royal Festival Hall at the South Bank in London

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Festival of Britain

Festival of Britain
Night scene showing the illuminated exhibition site of the 1951 Festival Britain on Londons South Bank with the Skylon glowing in the dark and the Dome of Discovery visible

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Crystal Palace Broad Wk

Crystal Palace Broad Wk
The BROAD WALK enables visitors to see Paxtons majestic building in all its splendour. Date: circa 1854

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Lion & Unicorn Pavilion

Lion & Unicorn Pavilion
The Lion and Unicorn Pavilion at the South Bank Exhibition, containing exhibits on the use of the English language, growth of British parliamentary government, etc

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Dryden / Alt Berlin / 49

Dryden / Alt Berlin / 49
Poster from a Christmas exhibition, Berlin

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Leech Cartoon Dinosaurs

Leech Cartoon Dinosaurs
The figures of prehistoric animals in the Palace grounds, created by Waterhouse Hawkins, are sufficiently realistic to frighten children

Background imageExhibitions Collection: St Louis World Fair / 1904

St Louis World Fair / 1904
The exterior of the Palace of Mines and Metallurgy

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Dome & Skylon 1951

Dome & Skylon 1951
Visitors outside the Dome of Discovery and the Skylon, both famous attractions of the Festival of Britain exhibition, South Bank, London

Background imageExhibitions Collection: St Louis World Fair / 1904

St Louis World Fair / 1904
This postcard, which shows the Blanke Aerial Globe, was launched to promote the St. Louis World Fair in 1904, but the postmark on the back indicates it was sent in 1902!

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Handley Page HP W10

Handley Page HP W10
A Formation of Alan Cobhams Flying Circus Flying During a National Aviation Day Flypast Date: 1930s

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Barcelona International Exhibition. 1929. Poster

Barcelona International Exhibition. 1929. Poster from an illustration by R. Bas. View of Paseo de Maria Cristina with the Montju fountains and the National Palace

Background imageExhibitions Collection: All-Red Route at the Festival of Empire, 1911

All-Red Route at the Festival of Empire, 1911
A diagram of the All-Red Route at the Festival of Empire, opened on 12th May 1911 by King George V and Queen Mary. The route was essentially an electric railway line laid down at a cost of 90

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Saunders Roe SR-45 Princess Flying Boat

Saunders Roe SR-45 Princess Flying Boat Making a Low-Level Flypast at the Farnborough Airshow 1952 Date: 1953

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Israeli Artist Menachem Gueffen gives a party to celebrate opening of his exhibation of

Israeli Artist Menachem Gueffen gives a party to celebrate opening of his exhibation of paintings at the O hana gallery. Menachem Gueffen and Jewish actress Dalia Lavi with her painting

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Antwerp Exhibition 1930

Antwerp Exhibition 1930
Workmen putting the finishing touches to the British Pavilion at the Antwerp Exhibition, Belgium. On the right is a copy of the Schneider Cup aeroplane. Date: 1930

Background imageExhibitions Collection: General Fisheries Exhibition in Salzburg, 1900 (litho)

General Fisheries Exhibition in Salzburg, 1900 (litho)
747095 General Fisheries Exhibition in Salzburg, 1900 (litho) by German School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Photolith V Brenamour)

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Anglo-Japanese exhibition, Taitokuin Mausoleum model

Anglo-Japanese exhibition, Taitokuin Mausoleum model
A model of the shrine of Shogun at Tokyo, the Taitokuin Mausoleum model, at the Japan-British exhibition at White City (May to October 1910)

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Mrs Charles Sweeny contemplating her portrait

Mrs Charles Sweeny contemplating her portrait
Mrs Charles Sweeny (1912 - 1993), formerly Miss Margaret Whigham and later the Duchess of Argyll, pictured looking at her own portrait in an exhibition of work by the portraitist Molly Bishop at

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Glasgow Exhibition 1888

Glasgow Exhibition 1888
View of the Exhibition buildings and Kelvin Grove of the Glasgow International Exhibition, opened by the Prince of Wales on 8 May 1888

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Festival Clock 1951

Festival Clock 1951
The colourful Guinness Clock at Battersea Pleasure Gardens, one of the famous attractions of the Festival of Britain, London, England

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Crystal Palace Roof

Crystal Palace Roof
Photograph of the roof of the Crystal Palace, illustrating the scale of the structure and the skill of its architects and builders

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Crystal Palace 1851

Crystal Palace 1851
The south transept, with a fountain in the foreground and showing how the exhibition was built around living trees

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Furniture Exhibition

Furniture Exhibition
Poster for an Exhibition of Textiles and Furniture designed by students of Bradford School of Arts & Crafts (1 of 2)

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Crystal Palace B / W Ext

Crystal Palace B / W Ext
The exhibition hall with people, some on horseback, milling around in front of it

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Mr Edwin J Bretts Collection of Armour at the Tudor Exhibition (engraving)

Mr Edwin J Bretts Collection of Armour at the Tudor Exhibition (engraving)
1626728 Mr Edwin J Bretts Collection of Armour at the Tudor Exhibition (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Three friends sit in a three wheeler Scootacar at the Earls Court Cycle and Motorshow

Three friends sit in a three wheeler Scootacar at the Earls Court Cycle and Motorshow

Background imageExhibitions Collection: CRYSTAL PALACE INTERIOR 1851

CRYSTAL PALACE INTERIOR 1851
The Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace: interior of the transept, looking north, with the Osler fountain and elm tree enclosed within the structure Date: 1851

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Opening ceremony by Queen Victoria, Great Exhibition 1851

Opening ceremony by Queen Victoria, Great Exhibition 1851
25, 000 grangers and dignitaries with season tickets attending the grand opening by Queen Victoria on the 1st of May 1851 of the temporary glass structure, The Great Exhibition, Hyde Park, London

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Blackheath Woodland Hse

Blackheath Woodland Hse
Woodland House, the seat of sir John Julius Angerstein : today it is a cultural resource where exhibitions are periodically held. Date: 1786

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Festival Pleasure Garden

Festival Pleasure Garden
Aerial view of the the Festival pleasure gardens in Battersea Park providing entertainment, relaxation and refreshment for all during the 1951 Festival of Britain

Background imageExhibitions Collection: Army Education Exhibition at Eltham Palace

Army Education Exhibition at Eltham Palace: inspecting a German miners dress uniform in the section " Germany Under Control". Date: 1946

Background imageExhibitions Collection: The Welcome Club at Earls Court by Tom Browne

The Welcome Club at Earls Court by Tom Browne
The Welcome Club at Earls Court, a feature of London amusements in the late 19th and early 20th century, where people could dine



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Exhibitions have long been a captivating platform for showcasing the wonders of art, culture, and innovation. From the Festival of Britain's breathtaking view that left spectators in awe to the vibrant Art Exhibition in Glasgow that ignited creativity in every visitor, these events have always held a special place in our hearts. Stepping inside the Great Exhibition of 1851 was like entering a world filled with marvels. The Crystal Palace soared above, its aerial view leaving onlookers spellbound by its grandeur and magnificence. Advertisements promoting Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces enticed art enthusiasts to explore their beauty up close. Across the Atlantic, the Chicago World Fair of 1893 brought together people from all walks of life to celebrate human achievement. It was an exhibition where dreams were realized and innovations were unveiled, forever shaping our modern world. The Festival of Britain returned once again, capturing imaginations with its eclectic mix of arts and sciences. Meanwhile, memories lingered on from before tragedy struck when Crystal Palace stood tall before it tragically burnt down in 1936. In Stockholm Exhibition 1930, visitors marveled at groundbreaking designs and technological advancements that pushed boundaries beyond imagination. And who could forget the iconic Crystal Palace standing proudly amidst lush greenery during its glory days back in 1901? A rare color photograph captured Crystal Palace's essence as it radiated elegance and sophistication throughout history. Similarly enchanting was the British Empire Exhibition held in 1924 - a testament to colonial power at its zenith. These exhibitions serve as reminders that human creativity knows no bounds; they inspire us to dream bigger and strive for greatness.