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British Industries Fair

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1915 First fair

1920 Description in the Engineer. Held in London, Birmingham and Glasgow on 23rd February to March 5th. [1]

1934 Review of the Fair

The British Industries Fair was an important exhibition centre in Birmingham.

It was built in 1920. The large complex of buildings were situated between Castle Bromwich Aerodrome and the railway line. For two weeks every year it was the most visited attraction in the country. Visitors arrived by road, rail and air. In 1933 the first diesel locomotive arrived there for display at the BIF.

The nearby Castle Bromwich railway station received many important visitors for the BIF, including King George V and Queen Mary in 1928, the Duke of York, Princess Mary and Lord Lascelles. They were often entertained afterwards by the Bradfords at Castle Bromwich Hall.

The site was sold in 1960, along with that of the airfield. The buildings and the sites were cleared for the construction of the Castle Vale housing estate.

Today, BIF has been replaced by the National Exhibition Centre.


See Also

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  • British Industries Fair Catalogue

Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer of 20th Feb 1920 p215