International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art

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The International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art was a World's fair[1] held in Edinburgh in 1886[2]


The exhibition was held in The Meadows.[3] It was opened on 6th May by Prince Albert Victor[4] and ran to 30th October, occupied 30 acres, had 2,770,000 visits and made £5,555 profit.[2]

The Meadows


Exhibits included an Old Edinburgh Street exhibit which included reconstructons of, by then, demolished buildings of the Royal Mile including the Netherbow Port,[5] Czech violins, Turkish embroidery and Scotch whisky[4] Neilson and Company of Glasgow exhibited the Caledonian Railway Single steam locomotive.


The Zetland and Fair Isle exhibit gave Edinburgh city whale jawbones which now form an arch on Jawbone Walk.[6] The Brassfounders Column from the Exhibition was moved from the Meadows to Nicolson Square.

The Brassfounders Column from the Edinburgh International Exhibition


  1. ^ "ExpoMuseum / 1884 - 1900". Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Pelle, Findling, ed. (2008). "Appendix B:Fair Statistics". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 414. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9. 
  3. ^ "The Meadows, Edinburgh (UK)". Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Bartholomew Archive Blog". Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Marshall Wane  -  International Exhibition 1886  -  A book of ten prints". Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Whale Jawbone Arch, Meadows. At the intersection of Jawbone Walk and Melville Drive. Given to the ci…". Retrieved 9 October 2013. 

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