Previous Exhibitions

Alongside the permanent collection, Hall Place has a changing display of exhibitions drawing on our collection and focusing on themes related to the Bexley area. An example of our previous exhibitions can be seen here.

The Last Curtsey

Etiquette and Elocution, the Life of a Debutante focussed on the reality behind the glittering parties and beautiful ball gowns to uncover more about this well-known English tradition and how it’s demise in the late 1950s impacted on court life.

Mobo Toy Factory

In our exhibition, Mobo Toy Factory: The Way We Had Fun, which opened in Autumn 2015, visitors were able to see examples of the Mobo Toy factory which operated in the 1950s and early 1960s. From the Mobo Bronco to the Night Rider, creator David Sebel’s designs highlighted why children across the UK and US loved them so much.

Pattern to Print

The Story of David Evan’s, Crayford’s Silk Printers included a carefully curated collection of original equipment from the nearby Crayford factory including silk fabrics, printing and dying equipment. These were complimented by pieces on loan from collectors, archives and even a typically eye-catching outfit from Sir Elton John himself.

Illuminated World

Illuminated World, highlighted Arthur Boswell’s collection of Victorian glass-lantern slides acquired by the borough of Bexley in 1968

Picture this! The ‘reel’story of your local cinema

15 September 2018 – 24 March 2019

Discover the rise of Bexley’s many cinemas since the first opened in 1913 and how the changing nature of Britain through the decades threatened their survival. Step back into the haze filled cinemas of a bygone era and compare to a cinematic experience today. You can even find out about Bexley’s place on the silver screen.