Birthday celebrations put Great Britain back on track

Press Association’s Best of British exhibition will offer visitors to one of London’s major train stations a unique chance to view rarely seen images which it says celebrate all that puts the ‘Great’in Great Britain.

Forty photographs have been selected from PA’s archives of more than seven million images and the exhibition, showing Britain across three centuries, marks the 140th anniversary of both PA and London’s St Pancras International station.

The photographs will be displayed throughout the station, offering visitors and travellers a look at how PA recorded some of the defining moments of British history.

‘We want visitors to the station to enjoy fabulous images of historical and current events in Britain that they may have seen,’said Martin Stephens, assistant managing director of PA Photos.

Dominique Didinal, marketing manager of St Pancras International, added: ‘Both St Pancras International and the Press Association are part of the history of Britain.

‘Over the years the Press Association has captured moments of pride, sadness, victory – the very fabric of Britain – and St Pancras International is itself a magnificent symbol of great pride, achievement and a feat of Great British engineering. With our shared anniversary this year, the partnership is a fantastic fit to showcase something truly British.”

A series of 10 books called 20th Century Britain in Pictures accompanies the display. As part of the PA’s anniversary celebrations, each book features more than 300 photos to chronicle a decade of British life as seen through its archive. The series, published by Ammonite Press, will be available in all major bookshops from October.

Best of British runs from 8 to 26 September and is free. All pictures on these pages are shown courtesy of Press Association

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