Our Collections

We have a large collection of oral history interviews on cassette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes and cds with transcriptions that we conducted between 1983 - 1993.

We regularly receive donations of Crystal Palace memorabilia

Some of the most significant items and collections that we have received include:

1979 - 1990
Collections of Crystal Palace memorabilia from members and friends of The Crystal Palace Foundation. These items were later donated to the Crystal Palace Museum

Large hand-made plaster model on a wood plinth of a Crystal Palace Hylaeosaurus

Large collection of Crystal Palace ephemera in 12 portfolios

A large collection of Crystal Palace memorabilia

Archives of Philip Newsam Linton OBE. He was the Officer-in-Charge of the 1940 refugee camp, British Expeditionary Force evacuation 'Plan Aerial' BEF rest camp and the French sailors internment camp in Crystal Palace Park

Notebook of Edwin Clarke, engineer who worked with Isambard Kingdom Brunel on the construction of the Crystal Palace water towers. Contains calculations and design sketches

A large collection of Crystal Palace souvenirs including over 500 3D stereo images of the Crystal Palace

A large collection of personal and Crystal Palace memorabilia from the Buckland family including the Armorial Bearings and documentation of Sir Henry James Buckland, manager of the Crystal Palace from 1914-1951 and the loan of dozens of images of 'Rockhills' for high resolution scanning

Two large EPNS meat platters from the Crystal Palace dining rooms

1864 Garibaldi scarf shown as being printed in the Crystal Palace

A large collection of international exhibition material

Author's research material for our publication Cricket at the Crystal Palace - W.G. Grace & The London County Cricket Club

Large collection of material from The Crystal Palace Campaign and The Big Willow Eco vilage

Large collection of Crystal Palace related material

We also purchase important collections and individual items from our funds

70 prints of the Crystal Palace – Hyde Park and Sydenham

A large collection of drawings, letters and documents relating to Raffaelle Monti at the Crystal Palace and elsewhere. So as to ensure that the collection was professionally conserved and made publicly available we subsequently sold the collection to the Victoria & Albert Museum at no profit.
These have been scanned at high resolution and are now available from us at:

The advertising showboard as shown below

A large collection of images of organs from the Gray & Davison Company archive. 
These have been scanned at high resolution and are now available from us at: http://www.crystalpalacefoundation.org.uk/shop/music-religion/gray-davison-archive

A badged Crystal Palace Company soup bowl and two large collections of Crystal Palace memorabilia

A 15 inch x 8 inch section of the Alhambra Court wall mosaic

Advertising Showboard

KGrHqNHJBUE8m4RgziBPZLDhPbw60_12A rare surviving example of a Crystal Palace advertising display made of plaster and horse hair probably in Germany sometime before 1911.

There is a label on the reverse with the following printed in faded red:



1864 & 1900 Season Tickets


Crystal Palace season tickets

Stanhope Viewer

Crystal Palace view Stanhope or Stanho-scope_viewerThis Stanhope (or Stanho-scope) viewer in the style of a pen is made of ivory (very creamy coloured). They are also made from Bone (with multiple vein lines).

The extreme left of the top section contain a modified Stanhope lens inside which is a microphotograph approximately 2mm x 2mm...


Plaster plaque

Crystal Palace Plaster_wall_plaque

A Crystal Palace plaster wall plaque souvenir produced in Austria almost certainly before 1914

Stevengraph bookmark

crystal palace stevengraph silk Bookmark

Thomas Stevens produced many silk bookmarks and postcards with silk sections.
This example is particularly curious as it shows the intended rather than actual date of opening.


1913 Sunday school choir award


1913 Barnard Shield badge won by the Anerley Sunday School choir

Rimmel's perfumed Crystal Palace almanack


This Almanack dated 1855 would have been perfumed by the Rimmel's Fountain located in the Sydenham Crystal Palace building.

Inside shows various notable and religious anniversary dates throughout the year.

1901 Tug-of-War silver cup

Crystal Palace Naval & military exhibition Tug_of_war_cup

Hallmarked Silver Cup. Engraved:
Naval & MIlitary Exhibition
Crystal Palace
Tug of War (Catchweights)
First Prize
3rd London R.V.

1922 relay cup

Crystal Palace Relay_Race_cup E. W. H. Hall 9 September 1922 Electro Plated Nickel Silver cup

Electro Plated Nickel Silver cup engraved:

Crystal Palace Sports half mile relay
E. W. H. Hall

Employees wages token

Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Company builders_wages_token

This token (numbered 458) issued by the Crystal Palace Company (1854-1909) would have been used as an employee and wages clocking in check.
Loss of this token for the worker would probably have been a case of no check - no wages !


Racing circuit badges

Crystal Palace Motor_racing_badges

A collection of Crystal Palace motor-racing circuit badges. All are dated from the 1950s-1970s

Ginger Beer bottle

Crystal Palace Denby 1908 Ginger_beer_bottle

A Denby Pottery Ginger beer bottle dated 1908 and marked CRYSTAL PALACE on the neck.

I wonder how many hundreds of thousands of these were drunk at the Crystal Palace ?

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