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North East Exhibition 1929

The entry below is a synopsis of our speakers talk on 25th May 2016.

The Presentation this week was North East Exhibition 1929 by Councillor David Faulkner who worked for Northern Electric moving to the Arts & Business Co and in 2004 became a Newcastle City Councillor, serving 2 years as Deputy Mayor and one year as Mayor.

David began that his talk by saying that the exhibition was on an enormous scale, put together and built in one year from concept to opening on time and budget, he went on to give some background about the project and how each council in the area combined as guarantors for the work that was required.

The individual building one the site (which was the exhibition Park Newcastle) were all temporary structures made with concrete bases, steel girder work and asbestos sheet panels for the walls and glass roofs, with the exception of the Palace of Arts which was built in stone because it was to remain after the site was returned to its original condition after the exhibition finally closed.

The exhibition was sponsored by King George V and its prime supporter was the Prince of Wales who opened the exhibition on 14th May and closed on 26th October. Several buildings were constructed in an Art Deco style to the designs of the official architects W and TR Milburn of Sunderland who had substantial experience in the fields of theatre and cinema design. Henry Kelly Limited of Newcastle were the builder and construction costs were £114,000. The main buildings were the Palace of Engineering, the Palace of Industry, the Palace of Arts, the Festival Hall, Garden Club, a stadium of 20,000 capacity and the Women's and Artisans' sections.

There was also an Empire Marketing Board Pavilion which was government sponsored and, unlike the other buildings, designed by government appointed architects, a total attendance of 4,373,138 was counted over the period.

Questions followed on several points to conclude this excellent presentation which made for a very good morning.

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