Museum Exhibitions


A Permanent Exhibition in the Austen Gallery

Discover how American soldiers stationed at Hall Place – code name Santa Fe – intercepted encoded messages sent by the Germans. GI veterans’ memories and declassified files reveal the importance of their round-the-clock, top-secret work which helped defeat the Nazis.


Previous Exhibitions at Hall Place:

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Called Mobo and made in Erith, they were no ordinary toys. The Mobo Bronco, Night Rider and Toy-toise were stars in a whole stable of mobile toys. Push cars soon followed. Kids across the UK and in the US loved them, making their creator, David Sebel, a British success story in the 1950s and early 60s. This exhibition told the remarkable story of Erith’s toy factory.

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Pattern to Print

The Pattern to Print exhibition ( September 14, 2013 – March 16, 2014) unravelled the history of David Evans, the evolution of different techniques used from hand block printing and how the company advanced into screen-printing later in the 1970s. Visitors could learn about the history of silk and how it is extracted and processed, through the objects which included artefacts from a silk farm.

Pattern to Print included a carefully curated collection of original equipment from the factory including silk fabrics, printing and dying equipment, complimented by pieces on loan from collectors, organisation and even a typically eye-catching outfit from Sir Elton John himself.

A viewing room also showed original footage and imagery of the factory at work.

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Our exhibition Illuminated World (October 6, 2012 – March 17, 2013), highlighted Arthur Boswell’s collection of Victorian glass lantern slides, acquired by the borough in 1968. Working with Max Communications we have created a virtual tour of the exhibition so you can re-discover or see for the first time.