This exhibition was opened by the Duke of Argyll on the 20th May, 1909, with its probable aim being to emphasise the prominent position of Great Britain as one of the worlds major powers. With the success of the Franco-British still fresh in their memory, the organisers would have been unwise to make radical changes and in fact the exhibits in the Halls and Palaces were similar to the previous year. They did change the name of the Wood Lane Entrance to the Royal Entrance but this went by almost unnoticed and the next year it reverted back to its original name. A more significant change occurred in the Court of Arts where the organisers had replaced one of the French exhibits with a Palace of Applied Chemistry. In the Palace of Womens Work there was a rather gruesome exhibit where patients, represented by wax figures, were each designed to represent a separate disease.

         The Imperial Tower between the Court of Arts and the Elite Gardens had been completed, following the trouble with its foundations, and formed a very dominant feature in this central area. There were a few changes and additions to the amusement section but probably the most remembered extra attraction was the Scottish Village. This was sited between the Scenic Railway and Ballymaclinton Village and contained all the usual ingredients that were necessary for an Exhibition Village; Highland dress, Highland industries and Shetland ponies, placed alongside the Post Office and souvenir shop made sure that the recipe was a success !


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