Mounting the Empire
The Imperial International Exhibition was held in 1909. The displays brought together goods and people from around the world to celebrate Britain's imperial power. The figure on the front of this programme is meant to symbolise Britain's world empire.
White City exhibition site
The White City was built to house public exhibitions. The Shepherd's Bush site opened in 1908 with the Franco-British exhibition. Its grounds held monumental pavilions styled on a mixture of European and Oriental palaces. It also had water features and a large entertainment ground featuring the latest fairground attractions. As the buildings were finished in white plaster, the site was nicknamed 'The White City'.
On the same site, the White City Stadium was also built for the fourth Olympic Games in 1908. This went on to be a major venue for greyhound and speedway motor racing.
Museum number 82.232/285