Hidden Treasure

Alexandra Palace

As Alexandra Palace prepares to restore and reopen its historic spaces a miraculous discovery, an archive hidden for decades, is revealing unknown stories and images from our past

Restoring the Palace
Alexandra Palace is known as an iconic gig venue, for its Park and for popular events and exhibitions. It is currently undergoing a major restoration to reopen the most historic, but derelict areas of the building.

Work is underway restoring the Victorian Theatre, former BBC Television Studios and grand East Court. Preparations are offering us unique views on the spaces.

Walls are being demolished and spaces reopened to commence restoration and utilise long dormant areas.

At 7.5 acres and well over a century old Alexandra Palace has numerous spaces currently closed from public access.

When the last members left the indoor bowling green they walked out a closed the door behind them; leaving shoes in the lockers, soap at the sink and even the last scores on the score board.

Underneath Alexandra Palace the extensive cellars show the rabbit warren of rooms that makes up such large building.

Historically significant areas, such as this cell for internees during the First World War, are known but closed for regular access.

But as we move through the spaces, reopening long forgotten rooms and cupboards...

...we are never sure exactly what could be found inside!

We have only just started uncovering the stories this remarkable find can tell.

The material is a joy to work on. With thousands of images:

From frantic activity...

...to moments of calm beauty.

Oddball characters...

..to illuminating insights into the building.

We can discover the people from our past.

Those who have lived.

And loved.

And fought!

As we restore the spaces and build towards opening in 2018 we will uncover and share more of the archive. So whether you're interested in cars...

..or cats...

...or a strong moustache, we look forward to exploring these treasures with you.

Credits: Story

Curator: James White

Scanner Operator: Anna Arca
Jo Mead
Maria Huybens
Maria Garcia
Jie-Han Chang
Keith Sagar
Claire Sagar
Sally Stevens
Julian Woodfield
David Godfrey

Deputy Chief Executive: Emma Dagnes
Regneration Manager: Kirsten Forrest

Credits: All media
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