HULL CIVIC FORTNIGHT
OF WEMBLEY EXHIBIT
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.
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.
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
Derby June 14 to
Hull July 2 to
Cardiff July 17 to
1 to August 14
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.
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.
© Exhibition Study Group 1996