35 years ago someone decided to commemorate the Queen's Silver Jubilee with a bottle of fizzy pop - called Jubilade. Now, the Roayl drink is making a comeback for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - as a piece of history in the Jubilee Souvenir Exhibition.
The can of pop will take pride of place at the quirky event, which is open to the public from June 3rd to 24th, alongside 100 royal teapots, Coronation souvenir handkerchiefs, Royal Wedding souvenir slippers, and a portrait of The Queen made out of balloons.
It's part of an ongoing project by artist-curator Josh Knowles - looking at popular culture, mass production and souvenirs - and the entire exhibit is made out of pieces donated to Knowles by generous members of the public. The exhibit hopes to be a portrait of the relationship between Royal celebrations and the British public.
Knowles said: "This is about social history created for the public by the public. The exhibition is about people’s personal memories or experiences of the Royal Family - it’s not only a celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, but also the lives and voices of the British public. It promises to be a very special event.”
Visitors will also be able to make their own Jubilee souvenirs to take away at the event; on June 3rd a special production line will be churning out Commemorative tea towels, t-shirts, mugs and plates 'while you wait'.
The Royal souvenirs exhibition will be held in Battersea Park’s Pump House Gallery as part of the Battersea Park Diamond Jubilee Festival. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster with a charge of £5 per person to cover administration costs. Tickets for children aged 12 and under, who will need to be accompanied by an adult, are free.
Anyone who would like to add to the exhibition, with either an object or story about The Royal Family, can do so by emailing Battersea@thamesdiamondjubileepageant.org.
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