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1938 Glasgow Empire Exhibition

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The Exhibition (unofficially known as the British Empire Exhibition, Glasgow) was held in Glasgow between the months of May and October in 1938 and showcased British industry generally although the industries of Glasgow and the West of Scotland were in the forefront.

The exhibition marked fifty years since Glasgow's first great exhibition, the International Exhibition (1888) held at Kelvingrove Park. It also offered a chance to boost the economy of Scotland, recovering from the depression of the 1930s.

Work began on 23 October 1936 although the first visual sign of activity above ground was on 9 July 1937 when the King and Queen unveiled the commemorative stone that stands on the point of the hill (to this day). The Exhibition took ten months to construct.

The Exhibition was opened by King George VI with Queen Mary on 3 May 1938. The opening ceremony was at Ibrox Stadium and then moved to Bellahouston.

Total Attendance was 12,593,232. There were 716 exhibitors in total.

The Exhibition closed at midnight on 29 October 1938

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  • [1] Empire Exhibition 1938