North East Coast Exhibition

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The North East Coast Exhibition was a world's fair held in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear and ran from May to October 1929.[1] Held five years after the British Empire Exhibition in London, and at the start of the Great Depression the event was held to encourage local heavy industry[2]

It was opened on 14 May by the then Prince of Wales (later Edward VII)[3] in what is now Newcastle's Exhibition Park. When it closed on 26 October over 4 million people had attended (with an average of 30 000 visitors per day)[3]

Exhibition Park's entrance


The exhibition grounds are now a public park, the Newcastle's Exhibition Park used in the 1960s for the Tyneside Summer Exhibition.[2] One of the art deco pavilions, a single storey steel framed concrete clad building, originally the Palace of Arts still stands, and is listed.[4] After the exhibition it was used as a science museum in the 1960s was part of the Tyneside Summer Exhibition and at one stage, extended to house the Turbinia[5] (currently residing at the Newcastle Discovery Museum) and still later became the Newcastle Military Vehicle Museum [6] in 1983 until it was closed in 2006, due to fears about the building's structural safety. It is currently for sale.

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  1. ^ "11-608 North East Coast Exhibition of 1929". Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Newcastle Exhibition Park". Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Exhibition Park". Newcastle City Council. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "The National Heritage List for England | English History". Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Exhibition park". Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "03_02_housingregenEXPO_2004.pdf". Retrieved 7 March 2012. 

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