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The Empire Exhibition: Johannesburg, 1936

When: Friday, 30 June 2023 - Monday, 31 July 2023
Where: Origins Centre
Braamfontein Campus East
Start time:11:15

Tammy at 0117174700 or

Cost: Entrance: R40 – students, staff, children, pensioners, R60 for adults

The 1936 Empire Exhibition was the first representative exhibition to be held outside the UK, and the first international exhibition ever staged in SA.

It was considered a monument to the progressiveness and prosperity of South Africa. It was held on what is now the University of the Witwatersrand’s West Campus and was an important part of Wits’ history. The show was a triumphant spectacle aimed at promoting Johannesburg and the Union of South Africa, established in 1910, but the political policies of segregation and discrimination along racial lines were underway.

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