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Appeal for post-war memorabilia for major Olympic exhibition 19.02.10

Sutton Council is appealing for residents to unearth post-war treasures and artefacts to go on display in a major exhibition this autumn.

Appeal for post-war memorabilia for major Olympic exhibition

The Europa Gallery in Sutton Library will host Sutton 1948, an exhibition looking back at the borough during the post-war, and in particular when London last hosted the Olympic Games.

Organisers are now appealing for Sutton residents to loan their own memorabilia from the time. It could be anything from photos, newspaper articles and souvenirs to wedding dresses, toys and games, home cine-film or work-related paraphernalia.

They want items from the late 1940s and early 1950s that will give a flavour of life in Sutton at the time. It was a period of austerity and rebuilding after the ravages of the Second World War.

1948 itself was a landmark year. The NHS was launched, Prince Charles was born, Ghandi assassinated, and the state of Israel came into existence.

Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Leisure on Sutton Council, said:

"We want any item that will help paint a picture of Sutton in the years immediately after the war.

"You may have items from the 1948 Games themselves or keepsakes and heirlooms from the late 1940s and early 1950s.

"Be part of this excellent exhibition by hunting in your attics, under your beds or in your cellars, and digging out your post-war artefacts."

All items chosen to go into the exhibition will be returned to their owners.

For more information or if you have an item/items you would like to put forward, please call Jane on 020 8770 4297 or email

Last updated: Monday, 12 April 2010

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