International Inventions Exhibition

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International Inventions Exhibition
International Inventions Exhibition award.jpg
One of the gold medal certificates awarded at the exhibition (this to Hick, Hargreaves and Co. for their Corliss engine supplementary governor & automatic barring engine.).
Overview
BIE-classUnrecognized exposition
NameInternational Inventions Exhibition
Visitorsthree and three-quarters million
Organized byAlbert Edward, the Prince of Wales (president of the organising committee)
Location
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
CityLondon
Timeline
Opening4 May 1885

The International Inventions Exhibition was a world's fair held in South Kensington in 1885.[1][2] As with the earlier exhibitions in a series of fairs in South Kensington following the Great Exhibition, Queen Victoria was patron and her son Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, was president of the organising committee.[2] It opened on 4 May[3] and three and three-quarters of a million people had visited when it closed 6 months later.[4]

Countries participating included Austria-Hungary, Italy, Japan and the United States as well as the hosts, the United Kingdom.[2]

Attractions included pleasure gardens, fountains and music as well as inventions.[4] One series of concerts including old instruments[5] from Belgium. Other historical exhibits included five heliographs by Niépce[6] with modern photographers such as Captain Thomas Honywood also being present.[1]

Inventions included folding tables,[7] the Sussex trug, lacquer covered wire from OKI,[8] a meter from Ferranti,[9] a 38-stop organ equipped with a new floating-lever pneumatic action,[3] and Philip Cardew won a gold medal for his hot-wire galvanometer, or voltmeter.[10]

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  1. ^ a b "Horsham Photographers". Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Scaife W G S (1999). "The Inventions Exhibition in London 1885". From Galaxies to Turbines: Science, Technology and the Parsons Family. p. 596. doi:10.1201/9781420046922.ch1. ISBN 9780750305822.
  3. ^ a b "EDWIN H. LEMARE (by Nelson Barden) - Part One Becoming the Best". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b Heroes of Invention. Technology, Liberalism and British Identity 1750-1914. p. 374.
  5. ^ "Dolmetsch online". Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  6. ^ "The First Photograph - The Discovery". Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  7. ^ "results". Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  8. ^ "1874 - 1939 – Corporate Information – OKI Global". Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  9. ^ Wilson J F. Ferranti and the British electrical industry, 1864-1930. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-7190-2369-9.
  10. ^ Vetch, Robert Hamilton (1912). "Cardew, Philip" . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography (2nd supplement). 1. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 313–314.

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