It's Not Just Street Parties: Golden Jubilee Trail

By David Prudames and Simon Rose | 28 May 2002

The Queen's Golden Jubilee is not just street parties,painted faces and bunting: a series of special eventsare also out there to take the celebrations a bitfurther.

The Queen's Golden Jubilee is not just street parties,painted faces and bunting: a series of special eventsare also out there to take the celebrations a bitfurther. Our Jubilee Trail aims to pick out some ofthe highlights of the multitude of events throughoutthe UK.

Left: by Alice Johnson, age 7 and under category, My Queen Elizabeth at The National Gallery. © BBC and National Gallery.

Left: by Alice Johnson, age 7 and under category, My Queen Elizabeth at The National Gallery. © BBC and National Gallery.

Picture this - Blake's Seven wristbands fashioned from Fairy Liquidbottles and Tracey Island from Thunderbirds made from cornflakeboxes. In days gone by, these were the items anyself-respecting child kept in his or her bedroom - the lifeblood of any keen Blue Peter viewer.

This year, Blue Peter viewers have been turning their creative talentsto an altogether more traditional subject matter.

Young viewers were invited to make an A3 size portrait of the Queen in any medium. Entries were judged inthree categories; 7 years and under, 8 to 10 years and11 to 15 years. The judging panel included artist andillustrator Quentin Blake.

The fruits of their labours can be seen at theNational Gallery's Golden Jubilee exhibition - My Queen Elizabeth - whichwill exhibit 50 of the prizewinning entries.

Right: Quentin Blake

The exhibition will be opened by Quentin Blake on May 29 and runs until July 7. Admission is free. Thepictures will also be exhibited online on the NationalGallery website.

When it leaves the National Gallery, 'My QueenElizabeth' sets off on a nationwide tour. It can beseen at the National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff, fromJuly 23 to August 27.

From Cardiff it moves tothe National Museums & Galleries of Northern Ireland,at their Ulster Museum site in Belfast, from September 9 to mid-October.

Finally, the tour headsnorth, to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh,from October 25 to January 19, 2003.

Countless paintings and photographshave been taken of the Queen during her reign. However, themost famous and instantly recognisable of all imagesof her are undoubtedly those featured on our banknotes and coins.

For 42 years the Queen's portrait has appeared on Bankof England banknotes. The 1960 £1 note was the firstto include the portrait of a reigning monarch.

The Bank of England is exhibiting 'Royal Portrait, aCelebration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee' inrecognition of the unique relationship it shares withour monarch.

As well as showing banknotes bearing her portrait, theexhibition will also display a £1,000 banknote signedby the Queen; coins and medals; photographs of Royalvisits to the Bank and the artwork for the original1960 £1 note. The exhibition runs until June 27, and admission isfree.

Many people across the country will be hoping to catcha glimpse of the Queen at one of the many events sheis attending across the UK. If you miss her, consider a day trip to Bath as thenext best thing.

The Museum of Costume in Bath isgiving visitors a close-up look into the glitteringwardrobe of the Queen, with its 'Jubilee! Dresses fromthe collection of Her Majesty The Queen' exhibition.

Her Majesty has given special permission for fourteenof her dresses, which have never before been on publicexhibition, to come to Bath. Curators at the Museum ofCostume, working with colleagues from Historic RoyalPalaces and The Royal Collection, have carefullyselected the dresses in order to turn the spotlight onthe complex world of costuming the Head of State.

Penelope Ruddock, curator at the museum, said: "We arethrilled and honoured that Her Majesty has agreed tolend these magnificent dresses to the Museum ofCostume. 2002 will be a landmark year for the countryand I know that our visitors will be fascinated andentranced by this once in a lifetime chance to seethese dresses."

The Queen's dresses will be on display at the museumuntil November 3, 2002.

The sale of televisions soared in the UK in 1952, as households nationwide invested in one of the magical new 'boxes' - so they could watch the coronation inthe comfort of their own homes.

The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema andPopular Culture in Exeter is exploring the role ofpopular media in celebrating national royal occasions.

Exhibits range from panoramic reels of GeorgeIV's coronation procession to the tabloid reactions toPrincess Diana's death and the Queen Mother's funeral.

Titled 'Jubilation: ceremony,celebration and the crown 1800-2002', the show runsuntil July 31, 2002.

It's difficult to believe, but there was once a timewhen the world of cooking existed without Delia andJamie.

'Pukka' was something you did with your lips,and olive oil was Popeye's girlfriend.

Greyfriars Exhibition Centre in Lincoln is marking the Jubileecelebrations with a 'Food and Festivities' exhibition.

The first part of the exhibition explores the eatinghabits of people from different periods in history -ranging from societies as diverse as the Prehistoricera, right through to Roman, Viking and Medievaltimes.

The second part of the display features a range offestivals and celebrations from different periods andcultures. It also examines the celebrationssurrounding a special Royal event.

In and around London, the institutions, buildingsand historical sites that litter the River Thames like'A string of pearls' have come together to celebrate thelandmark anniversary.

If you can't get a ticket to see Will and friends atthe Buckingham Palace garden concerts there's alwaysthe Public Record Office.

Visitors to the PRO in Kew can see the final telegram sentfrom the Titanic and Shakespeare's Will - just two ofthe many gems on show.

If mixing it with the elite is not enough, London's Transport Museum takes a look at the sharp end of lifewith its special exhibition exploring the changingrole of the Thames itself.

From floating Royal pageants to palaces, bridges, buoys and boats: From the City tothe Sea, May 22 - September 1.

Why not look at the way theCommonwealth has contributed to UK armed forces atthe National Army Museum?

This is just a selection of the London events: formore visit the website at

Over the Jubilee weekend parties and events are notonly happening up and down the UK, but across theworld.

In much the same way as the arrival of the SpanishArmada, the lighting of thousands of beacons willherald the fiftieth anniversary of the Queen's reign,only this time they will take in the entire globe.

On June 3, beacon lighting will be co-ordinated fromthe Antarctic to Kenya and Nepal, before the chainarrives in the UK, starting in Scotland and NorthernIreland, taking in the various regions and then on toLondon where the National Beacon will be lit by HerMajesty herself.

For full details of Beacon Lighting times visit thewebsite at

Events In Brief

Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery is taking a lookat two other years that offered royal celebrations,1953 and 1977, with a selection of objects &photographs brought in by local people. Therewill be a guest appearance by an exact replicaof the Coronation Crown. The exhibition is on untilJuly 14, ironically not a good day for those of uswith blue blood.

When Elizabeth ascended to the throne she was not onlybecame Queen but also became Patron and President of theBritish Red Cross Society. The Society's Museum andArchives in London has set up a special exhibition tocelebrate the way the Queen has supported andencouraged it for fifty years. The exhibition is running untilDecember 31.

Good news for teddy boys! from May 1 until June 4,those generous Royalists at Pendennis Castle inFalmouth are offering free entry to all those born inthe year of Her Majesty's accession, 1952, or dressedin the style of the 1950s.

Like Pendennis Castle, the Brecknock Museum and ArtGallery has chosen to celebrate the Golden Jubilee byremembering 1952 in a display of everyday items from50 years ago, on until September 1.

Tapping into coronation fever, the Potteries Museumand Art Gallery remembers when rock was young, BillHaley wasn't and the British public became acquaintedwith the pelvis of a young man from the Deep South. OnMay 25 and 26, the Stoke-on-Trent rock n' roll clubare remembering the clothes, hairstyles and music ofthe fifties with a pre-jubilee rock session forjitterbuggers, jivers and foot tappers of all ages.

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery have produced aspecial display case containing objects and imagesthat celebrate Elizabeth's reign so far, which willaround until June 30.

The Jubilee People's Show at Corinium Museuminvites Cotswold residents to display personal objectswith a royal connection, which can be viewed untilJune 16.

The Long Shop Museum in Leiston is holding a specialexhibition to show how the town celebrated theCoronation and the Silver Jubilee. Artefactsand photographs show the changing face of Leistonover the past 50 years. The exhibition will run fromMay 25, until October 31.

The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Museum in NorthernIreland will be holding a military music pageant onMay 25.

Abbey House Museum will be marking the present Queen'sGolden Jubilee with a look at the Golden Jubilee ofher Great-Great Grandmother, Victoria, who celebratedfifty years Royal Years in 1887. The Golden JubileeTrail will take place between June 1 and 9.

The Garden of England is planning a Bank Holidaycelebration on June 3 and 4 at the Museum of Kent Lifewith music and dancing from the 'Fifties, tapping intothe Coronation era.

More events and pictures will be added to this trail in the next day or so. JP, Editor.