Olympics celebrated at free exhibition

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By poppy_smith | Friday, January 11, 2013, 20:02

An exhilarating year of Olympic excitement is being celebrated in a new free exhibition at Islington Museum.

Celebrating 2012 runs from Thursday, 10 January until 2 February at the museum at 245 St John Street, EC1V and takes a look at some of Islington's Olympic moments. 

Highlights include:

  • photos capturing the carnival atmosphere on July 26, when more than 100,000 people turned out to see the Olympic torch's journey through Islington
  • torch artwork made by Islington pupils for Islington's special 17-mile school torch relay, which involved hundreds of local children
  • video footage from Olympic events across Islington during the year
  • art from last summer's Whitecross Street party, which was given a boost from Olympic funding

    Cllr Janet Burgess, Islington Council's executive member for health and well-being, said: "The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games brought many incredible moments, which we'll remember for years to come.

    "Islington saw a huge number of special Olympic events, from the arrival of the torch to colourful arts festivals, and this free exhibition gives residents the chance to relive some of the local highlights."

    Islington Museum is open from 10am-5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  It is closed on Wednesday and Sunday.  Admission is free.

    The museum's permanent exhibition tells the story of Islington from its time as a farming village, through the Victorian era and Second World War, to the modern day.

    For more information see www.islington.gov.uk/museum



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