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Delve into Bromley's past as local archives reveal history of Crystal Palace

PUBLISHED: 14:51 14 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:51 14 November 2013

Explore your local archive and get started with Bromley's Crystal Palace story box - revealing the history of the glass landmark.

Explore your local archive and get started with Bromley's Crystal Palace story box - revealing the history of the glass landmark.

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Bromley Local Studies and Archives is inviting readers to come and explore its records as part of the national Explore Your Archive campaign, on Saturday.

Why not pop in and discover more about the stories, facts, history, people and communities of the London Borough of Bromley?

You may discover much more than you imagined.

To help you get started Bromley Local Studies and Archives has created a special Story Box containing a variety of material including documents, images and newspaper cuttings on its chosen theme of The Crystal Palace.

The original building was built in 1851 in Hyde Park but moved to Sydenham in 1854. It burnt down in 1936.

As the proposed regeneration of Crystal Palace Park has recently made the news, the Story Box brings together just some of the unique material which makes up the Bromley Archives’ collection, as well as material from the Local Studies Library, to help tell the story of the Sydenham Crystal Palace and Crystal Palace Park.

Chinese billionaire and ZhongRong Group chairman Ni Zhaoxing recently unveiled a £500million project to rebuild the palace in Bromley and is hoping it will be open in about five years’ time.

The Crystal Palace Story Box will be available to browse from Saturday at Bromley Local Studies and Archives, which is based on the second floor of the Central Library, High Street, Bromley.

For more information about Bromley Local Studies and Archives visit library.bromley.gov.uk. For more information about Explore Your Archive, visit exploreyourarchive.org.

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