1908
London
United Kingdom

The 1908 Games were held in London at short notice, having originally been planned for Rome. For the first time, a special stadium was built to host the Games.

The marathon race was organised so that the finish line was below the royal box in the stadium.

The National Archives holds a selection of photographs of the Games, as well as plans for the marathon race.

12 records available

  • Photograph from print, Franco British Exhibition stadium for Olympic Games.
    COPY 1/520/235
    Photograph from print, Franco British Exhibition stadium for Olympic Games - COPY 1/520/235Preview
  • Photo montage of Olympic medal winners, item 202.
    COPY 1/527/202
    Photo montage of Olympic medal winners, item 202 - COPY 1/527/202Preview
  • Henry Taylor, swimmer in costume, Olympic badge and medals.
    COPY 1/526/63
    Henry Taylor, swimmer in costume, Olympic badge and medals - COPY 1/526/63Preview
  • Liverpool Police Team and Swedes at Olympic Games Tug of War, 1908.
    COPY 1/526/206
    Liverpool Police Team and Swedes at Olympic Games Tug of War, 1908 - COPY 1/526/206Preview
  • Franco British Exhibition by Central London Railway poster, 1908.
    COPY 1/272
    Franco British Exhibition by Central London Railway poster, 1908 - COPY 1/272Preview
  • Franco British Exhibition, White City stadium, aerial view, 1908.
    COPY 1/522 (47299)
    Franco British Exhibition, White City stadium, aerial view, 1908 - COPY 1/522 (47299)Preview
  • Franco British Exhibition, White City, Shepherd's Bush Green entrance, 1908.
    COPY 1/522 (44910)
    Franco British Exhibition, White City, Shepherd's Bush Green entrance, 1908 - COPY 1/522 (44910)Preview
  • Willie Foster, Bacup member of the British Team in the 200m swimming race.
    COPY 1/526/12
    Willie Foster, Bacup member of the British Team in the 200m swimming race - COPY 1/526/12Preview
  • Olympic Games July 1908: 25 marathon race arrangements.
    MEPO 2/1156
    Olympic Games July 1908: 25 marathon race arrangements - MEPO 2/1156Preview
  • Franco British Exhibition, White City aerial view, 1908.
    COPY 1/522 (47250)
    Franco British Exhibition, White City aerial view, 1908 - COPY 1/522 (47250)Preview
  • Flowing eight, 1908.
    COPY 1/522 (223)
    Flowing eight, 1908 - COPY 1/522 (223)Preview
  • Route of marathon, 1908.
    MEPO 2/1156
    Route of marathon, 1908 - MEPO 2/1156Preview

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