Timeline


  • The new Alexandra Palace

    1875

    The new Alexandra Palace opened to the public with its new Henry Willis organ: one of the largest in Europe at the time.

    The new Alexandra Palace
  • The new Alexandra Palace

    1875

    The new Alexandra Palace illustration

    The new Alexandra Palace
  • A short-lived inauguration

    1873

    Alexandra Palace opened on Queen Victoria's 54th birthday with a grand celebration including concerts, recitals and fireworks. Tragedy struck 16 days later when a fire broke out in the Palace

    A short-lived inauguration
  • Queen Mary

    1888

    Queen Mary at Alexandra Palace inspecting the arrangements

    Queen Mary
  • Dr Barton

    1888

    Dr Barton and his airship built in the grounds of Alexandra Park

    Dr Barton
  • Parade

    July 1896

    Parade on the Race Course showing the Victorian Grandstand at Alexandra Palace

    Bruce Castle
    Parade
  • Free for all

    1936

    Following the introduction of the 1900 Alexandra Park and Palace (Public Purposes) Act, Alexandra Palace was re-opened, free to the public for the first time.

    Free for all
  • Men’s Walk

    1903

    Omnibus men's walk along Alexandra Palace Way

    Men’s Walk
  • Bandstand in Alexandra Park

    1913

    People enjoying the bandstand in Alexandra Park

    Bandstand in Alexandra Park
  • Great Hall hanging space

    1914

    Great Hall towards the Willis Organ lined with beds seperated by metal railings which were used for hanging clothes

    Great Hall hanging space
  • AP water towers

    1922

    View of AP water towers with pedestrians lining the road

    AP water towers
  • Luggage by the Organ

    1914

    Luggage by the Organ
  • Hospital in the Theatre

    1914

    With the Belgium refugees at the Bijou theatre

    Hospital in the Theatre
  • The WWI Years

    1914

    Alexandra Palace was requisitioned by the Government to be used first as a Belgian refugee camp and later as a German and Austrian internment camp for the duration of WWI.

    The WWI Years
  • E.M Stevens

    1930

    E.M Stevens - French BBC broadcaster

    E.M Stevens
  • Birthplace of the BBC

    2nd November 1936

    On 2 November the world's first regular high-definition public television broadcast took place from the BBC studios at Alexandra Palace

    Birthplace of the BBC
  • The WWII years

    1939

    Belgian refugees returned to Alexandra Palace during WWII and the Palace's transmitter tower was used as a decoy for enemy aircraft.

    The WWII years
  • Aerial shot of Alexandra Palace

    Post 1936

    Aerial shot of Alexandra Palace
  • BBC broadcast

    1937

    Camera crew prepare for outside broadcast

    BBC broadcast
  • Control Gallery
  • Racegoers

    1970

    Racegoers leaving AP park. Priory Road entrance to AP park seen sometime before 1905 when the trams arrived, with racegoers leaving. The race course opened in June 1868 and operated until September 1970

    Racegoers
  • Fire at the Palace

    1980

    For the second time, fire broke out across Alexandra Palace burning a large part of the building to the ground. Substantial restoration works began shortly after the fire and the Palace finally re-opened in 1988.

    Fire at the Palace
  • Tea Room

    Pre 1974

    The tea room on Alexandra Park site destroyed by GLC 1974

    Tea Room
  • Aerial View 1988

    1988

    Aerial view of the Palace

    Aerial View 1988
  • Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip

    2002

    Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip meeting with Rosemary Warne (Deputy lieutenant) 6th June 2002

    Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip
  • Listed

    1996

    Alexandra Palace was recognised as a building of special architectural or historic interest and received a Grade II listing.

    Listed
  • Holland Heineken House

    2012

    Holland Heineken House
  • Jack White

    2012

    Jack White
  • Arctic Monkeys

    2007

    Arctic Monkeys
  • Veteran Oak

    12 February 2014

    It is with great sadness that a veteran oak, dating back to before Alexandra Park opened in 1863, fell over. It has been estimated that the tree was at least 200 years old.

    Veteran Oak
  • Did you know?

    The Alexandra Park and Palace Trust has been approved for Development stage funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund

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    1905 saw a Nelson Ball held at the Palace and a full sized replica of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square was brought into the Great Hall

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    Alexandra Palace participated in the Olympics in 1908 where marksmen from the Alexandra Palace Rifle Society represented the UK and won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals

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    In May of 1915 the Palace becomes an internment camp, with barbed wire fencing and sentries.

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    Following the outbreak of war the Palace grounds were closed without warning. Signs at each entrance read: ‘Until further notice, the Palace Grounds are closed to the public who are warned that any unauthorised person found in the grounds is liable to be shot—By Order’.

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    War prisoners interred during WW1 were actually civilians of the UK who were collected and imprisoned here due to their German, Austrian or Hungarian heritage. The Palace was transformed with barbed wire, watch towers and armed guards.

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    Winston Churchill spoke in the Great Hall in 1913 but due to the Palace’s infamous acoustics “only those in front and the specially favoured ones on the platform” could hear well

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    During the War the Theatre is converted into a chapel where the Catholic Belgians could take mass. In July, the AP Executive Committee agree to a request for soldiers and their horses to be billeted at the Palace in the event of mobilisation.

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    In 1925, the Kennel Club held a dog show at the Palace with such an array of rare and specialty breeds that the dogs were said to be worth an estimated £25,000

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    The first North London Exhibition is organised, to showcase local goods and services. It is held annually at the Palace throughout the 1930s, attracting roughly 200,000 people per year. Stalls include design, food, and craft.

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    During WW2, television broadcasts stopped but BBC transmitters at Alexandra Palace were used in a secret operation to jam radio signals used by German bomber pilots to identify their positions and targets.

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    After Crystal Palace burns down, a number of the events and festivals held there choose to relocate up to Alexandra Palace. For musical events, it is revealed that a number of bands perform at a lower pitch than the Willis Organ, and in 1937 the entire organ’s pitch is lowered by a semi-tone to facilitate new musical events.

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    A flying bomb explodes to the north of the building, damaging the roof of the Great Hall. As a result, the organ suffers water penetration and is covered in snow.

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    Leo the Lion

    Documents recently unearthed from the AP archives have revealed the origins of Leo the Lion. This popular bronze sculpture by the boating lake is been climbed on by thousands of children over the last forty years. In early 1973, Sir Charles Wheeler was commission to produce a lion sculpture for Alexandra Park for siting at the children’s zoo. Sir Charles worked on many public buildings, the Bank of England and a fountain in Trafalgar Square.

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    The Palace hosts the annual MTV Europe Music Awards.

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    The environment around Alexandra Palace is special for its biodiversity. In 2010, the Natural History Museum conducted a ‘bio-blitz’ and in the space of 24 hours, over 700 species in the park were recorded

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    Bjork performs her first live show in London in five years at the Palace in September 2013.