Photographic exhibition of Jubilee celebrations opens at Royal Borough’s libraries

This image shows Councillor John Story and Councillor Samantha Rayner with some of the exhibition boards at Maidenhead Library

Visitors to the Royal Borough’s libraries can now view a fascinating Jubilee photographic exhibition looking back at how local communities celebrated Her Majesty The Queen’s previous milestone jubilees.

The display – entitled 70 Years 70 Photos – is a series of 70 selected snaps of street parties, other events and memorabilia dating from Her Majesty’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees in 1977, 2002 and 2012, as well as a few from this year’s Platinum celebrations so far.

Many of the images were kindly submitted by residents following an appeal for copies of people’s photos, while others are from the Local Studies Collection.  Curated by the council’s Library Service, the full exhibition can be seen at Maidenhead Library and Windsor Library, with some of the photos also on display at other libraries. 

Councillor John Story, the Mayor, said: “This fascinating exhibition is very much a product of the community, and a wonderful and creative way to continue the celebrations for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee year as we look ahead to the main jubilee weekend next month.

“The exhibition is well worth a visit, providing an interesting journey back through jubilee history – of tasty party food, of creative dressing up and funny hats, and of coming together to show our enduring pride in Her Majesty and her 70 years of dedicated service to the nation.”

Councillor Samantha Rayner, Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet member for Business, Corporate & Resident Services, Culture & Heritage, and Windsor, said: “The library exhibition is brilliant and I would highly recommend a visit to see if you can spot yourself or people and places you might recognise. 

“It’s such a creative and fascinating way to celebrate Her Majesty’s historic reign, to re-kindle memories, share stories with younger generations and maybe get some ideas for this year’s street parties in the process. Thank you to the Library Service for curating and to all the residents who kindly submitted their photos.”

The project is funded by Arts Council England money provided via Libraries Connected, the national sector support organisation for libraries.