International Inventions Exhibition

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]

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.).
BIE-classUnrecognized exposition
NameInternational Inventions Exhibition
Visitorsthree and three-quarters million
Organized byAlbert Edward, the Prince of Wales (president of the organising committee)
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Opening4 May 1885

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". Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. 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 (1991). 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). Vol. 1. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 313–314.

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