May 312012
 

As celebrations begin for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, why not take a look at some of the historic resources on JISC MediaHub  which date from the time of her coronation in 1953.

ER Emblem designed by James Gardner. University of Brighton Design Archives

ER Emblem designed by James Gardner. University of Brighton Design Archives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our University of  Brighton Design Archives Collection contain some of the original designs by James Gardner which were commissioned for the Queen’s Coronation . He designed the public decorations for the Royal Borough of Kensington including a magnificent canopy which stood near the gates of Kensington Palace.

Original watercolour sketch of Coronation canopy designed by James Gardner: UoB

Original watercolour sketch of Coronation canopy designed by James Gardner: UoB Design Archives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see below how the canopy  looked when it was built.

Coronation Canopy, Kensington Palace Gates, by James Gardner: UoB Design Archives

Coronation Canopy, Kensington Palace Gates, by James Gardner: UoB Design Archives

 

Gaumont British News produced a film showing the highlights of the Queen’s Coronation. The BBC provided live coverage of the event which encouraged many people to buy their first television set. This would start the gradual decline in the popularity of cinema newsreels.

 The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II :  Gaumont British News

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II : Gaumont British News

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II :  Gaumont British News

 

Take a closer look at the white satin gown worn by the Queen at her coronation in this news clip from Channel Five News, which reports on a special exhibition held at Buckingham Palace in the year of the Golden Jubilee. Alongside the floral emblems embroidered on the bodice was a unique four leaf clover which the designer, Norman Hartnell, had secretly included.

Buckingham Palace Opens Doors to Public: Channel Five News  01-08- 2003

Buckingham Palace Opens Doors to Public: Channel Five News 01-08- 2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy all your celebrations on Jubilee Day –  but keep safe with this sage advice from the 1977 Silver Jubilee:

Jubilee Crime : ITV News 02-06-1977

Jubilee Crime : ITV News 02-06-1977

 

 Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad mounted a special ‘beat the pickpocket’ operation to keep the public safe from the expected influx of thieves from abroad.

 

 

 

 And watch out for all that dodgy Jubilee memorabilia!
Jubilee Rip Offs : ITV News 03-06-1977

Jubilee Rip Offs : ITV News 03-06-1977

 

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