With records dating back to the year 838, Kingston upon Thames is a town rich in history, from Anglo-Saxon monarchy to pioneering inventors. Streets of History is a series of on-street exhibitions that celebrate our town's fascinating history, bringing the stories to life and into pubic domain for all to enjoy.
Our first exhibition was installed in the autumn of 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. As with all towns and cities across the country, Kingston's residents played a huge part in the war effort. But Kingston's contribution was particularly significant with the invention and production of many aircraft, here in the town.
From money-raising Tank Banks and queues for potatoes to the 3,500-strong local workforce that helped build Sopwith Camels, find out a bit more about Kingston's through WWI.
The second Streets of History exhibition was produced in conjunction with third annual Muybridge Festival, celebrating one of the world's most influential photographers and inventors of all time. Born in Kingston, Eadweard Muybridge pioneered moving image as we know today, creating one of the first moving-image projectors.
The on-street exhibition was in place on Clarence Street.