Bristol's White City, 1914: from extravagant exhibition to military barracks

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Date: 21 September 2017
Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN
Time: 18:00 - 19:30


UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed Seminar Programme 2017-18; in partnership with M Shed, the Regional History Centre, runs a monthly evening research seminar in the Learning Studio at M Shed, Bristol. All the seminars are held on a Thursday, start at 18:00 and are free to attend.

About the event

Bristol's White City, 1914: from extravagant exhibition to military barracks - Clive Burlton

Planned as a cross between the 1911 Festival of Empire and an amusement park, the Bristol International Exhibition was established in a purpose-built 'White City' at Ashton meadows near the Cumberland Basin in May 1914. Although it had the look of a government sponsored platform for the promoting Empire trade, it was actually a risky private commercial venture.

Although planned to run until October, the Exhibition closed its doors in August following the outbreak of the First World War. The War Office purchased the exhibition buildings and transformed the site for use as a military barracks. In this talk, Clive Burlton traces the rise and fall of Bristol's White City.

Clive Burlton is an independent historian and publisher.

How to attend

There is no registration required for this event. Read about past and recorded Regional History Centre seminars.

Cost: Free
Contact: Professor Steve Poole
E-mail: rhc@uwe.ac.uk

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