Contributed by


Mike Perkins



            Whilst researching background material on some Wembley cards recently, I came across the folowing item in the Lloyds List & Shipping Gazette dated Thursday July 3 1924.


            During  the course of the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, the Civic Hall is being allocated in turn to the various cities and towns of the United Kingdom. For the next fortnight it will be occupied by the City of Hull, and a collection of objects which admirably illustrate the advantages of Britain's third port was formerly opened by the Lord Mayor of Hull, Councillor E. Ernest Keighly, yesterday. The chief exhibit is an excellent model of the river front, which is over seven miles long. It has been built specially for the occasion, and is, as we have already recorded, a gift from the North Eastern Railway Co. to the Hull Museums Committee. Thirty feet long, ten feet wide and eight feet high it has been entirely prepared under the direction of Mr. T. Sheppard, the museum curator, and contained 2000 model ships and barges. It is complete in every detail, and no efforts have been spared to endure that everything is correct to scale. The section of the river front which the model illustrates, starts at St. Andrews Dock extension on the west and finishes at the King George Dock on the east. The fish dock, the riverside quay, and Messrs. Earles' Shipbuilding yard, complete with models of vessels on the stocks and a 100-ton crane, are all shown.

            Hull claims to be the Covent Garden of the Midlands, and it is of interest to note that the imports of fruit and vegetables into the port totalled 7,6000,000 packages in 1923. An excellent picture, the work of students at Hull Art School, illustrates this side of it's activity. Numerous other pictures from the City's collection have been brought to Wembley, and the domestic side of the town is well represented.

            A well illustrated brochure has been prepared and will be available for those interested, giving the history of the city and drawing attention to the trade facilities offered by the port.


            The Civic Hall at Wembley was sited just inside the South entrance, facing up Southern Run, and was used by six towns and cities during 1924 to display their history and commerce. The Hall was booked as folows:

                                                Bristol              May 29  to  June 13

                                                Derby              June 14  to  June 28

                                                Hull                 July 2  to  July 15

                                                Cardiff             July 17  to  July 31

                                                Salford             August 1  to  August 14

                                                Liverpool         September 12  to  October 2


            Hull also had an athletic carnival in the Stadium on Saturday May 3, which was the first athletic meeting ever held in the Stadium.

            Bristol used the Stadium from Saturday June 7 to Tuesday June 10 to hold a Pageant which told the story of Bristol in seven episodes. Wildt & Kray card No. 4 shows a view of the Stadium which displays a poster advertising the Pageant.

            The 1924 Fleetway photographic card No. 56 shows a view of the Australian Pavilion, and on the right edge of the card you can just see part of the Civic Hall about two rows behind Australia.



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