Dorando Pietri, Italian marathon runner, 1908. Courtesy of Cadbury Research Library

25 June 2012

As part of the Archives Awareness campaign, the Cadbury Research Library has launched an exhibition to commemorate Olympic Games throughout the 20th century.

The 'Olympic Memories' exhibition explores the first London Olympic Games in 1908 and the capital's post-war 'austerity Games' in 1948, as well as the 1936 Berlin Olympics in Nazi Germany. It draws on original photographs and collections from extensive Sports and Athletics Collections held at the University of Birmingham.

Sarah Kilroy, Senior Conservator, Cadbury Research Library Special Collections, commented: 'The exhibition is a fascinating glimpse into the remarkable culture of the Olympics including all the wonderful and bizarre events - and the conflicts behind the scenes'. 

View an extended version of the exhibition containing unseen material about the history of the Olympic Games on Cadbury Research Library's Flickr page.

You can also explore and download hundreds of our historic documents and images relating to the Olympic and Paralympic Games on The Olympic Record.