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1951/52 the show was held November/December, there was not a show in 1953.  From 1954 to 1959 the show was held in January, it was then decided to revert to December, so to avoid a long gap between shows they held a second show in December.   

The proceeds 10,000 of the1940 show went to the lord Mayors Red Cross & St johns ambulance fund,1947 show went to Soldiers, Sailors & Airmans Help Society, and the 1948 show proceeds went to the Forces Help Society & Council of Aviculture. Profits from Most Shows in the Early years went  to Charity.

In the 40s, 50s and 60s the show incorporated a fish show, and a National Rabbit show for 3 years 1995,6 &7.

The National Show did not begin with the first show listed here, that was when the magazine took over the event. I have found reference to the 69th National Show  held on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd January 1937, at Crystal Palace, Dorland Hall, Lower Regent Street, near Piccadilly Circus, London, so in reality there has been a National Show since the 1860s   

The history of National Exhibition venues were plagued with bad fortune Crystal Palace had a fire in 1936, then the show had to move from the Ally Pally when it was raveged by fire in 1980,  and then move again 4 years later when Bingley hall was completely destroyed in 1984.

    DATE YEAR VENUE SHOW
STONELEIGH-PARK Coventry   home of the Royal Show this show was cancelled on the 21st October just 5 weeks before the event date. 4th - 5th Dec 2004 Stoneleigh-park Hall 1 & 2 61st
6th - 7th Dec 2003 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 2 60th
30th Nov - 1st Dec 2002 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 6 59th
1st - 2nd Dec 2001 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 7/8 58th
TELFORD EXHIBITION CENTRE The Exhibition moved from the N. E. C in 1999 to Telford for one Exhibition It had to be split into all three halls and proved to be to small so returned to the N.E.C  2nd - 3rd Dec 2000 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 7/8 57th
11th & 12th Dec 1999 Telford International Centre 56th
5th & 6th Dec 1998 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 55th
6th & 7th Dec 1997 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 54th
30th Nov - 1st Dec 1996 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 53rd
1st 2nd 3rd Dec 1995 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 52nd
 The N.E.C
The National Exhibition Centre is the busiest exhibition venue in Europe and one of the largest. It holds 190,000 square metres of space in 20 halls - far bigger than any other centre in the UK.

 

2nd 3rd 4th Dec 1994 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 51st
10th 11th 12th Dec 1993 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 50th
4th 5th 6th Dec 1992 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 49th
6th 7th 8th Dec 1991 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 48th
30th Nov 1st 2nd Dec 1990 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 47th
ARIEL VIEW  N. E. C.  the N. E. C boasts easy access to the national road network its own main line Railway Station and Airport just a few miles away there is also plenty of Hotel accommodation on site It is the Perfect Venue for our Prestigious Exhibition 8th 9th 10th Dec 1989 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 46th
2nd 3rd 4th Dec 1988 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 45th
11th 12th 13th Dec 1987 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 44th
5th 6th 7th Dec 1986 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 43rd
13th 14th 15th Dec 1985 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 42nd
Bingley hall was completely destroyed in 1984. 30th Nov 1st 2nd Dec 1984 N.E.C Birmingham, Hall 1 41st
2nd 3rd 4th Dec 1983 Bingley Hall, Birmingham 40th
3rd 4th 5th Dec 1982 Bingley Hall, Birmingham 39th
4th 5th 6th Dec 1981 Bingley Hall, Birmingham 38th
28th 29th 30th Nov 1980 Bingley Hall, Birmingham 37th
BINGLEY HALL  site of the world's first exhibition hall, Bingley Hall. The hall was built in 1851 and staged everything from arts exhibitions to cattle shows and political meetings. Here Gladstone was recorded on an Edison phonograph, the first ever recording of political speech. Bingley Hall was destroyed by fire in the1984. 30th Nov 1st 2nd Dec 1979 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London 36th
1st 2nd 3rd Dec 1978 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London 35th
 2nd 3rd 4th Dec 1977 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London 34th
ALLY PALLY

 1968 Waiting for the show to open

 

3rd 4th 5th Dec 1976 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London 33rd
5th 6th 7th Dec 1975 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London 32nd
2nd 3rd 4th Dec 1974 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London 31st
30th Nov1st 2nd Dec 1973 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London 30th
The Ally Pally  ALEXANDRA PALACE  had to move from this venue due to a fire on the 10th July 1980,  a large chunk of the palace was completely destroyed, about half the buildingit has since been rebuilt 1st 2nd 3rd Dec 1972 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London 29th
2nd 3rd 4th Dec 1971 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London 28th
3rd 4th 5th Dec 1970 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London 27th
ALEXANDRA PALACE 4th 5th 6th Dec 1969 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London 26th
 6th 7th 8th Dec 1968 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London 25th
INSIDE ALLY PALLY 7th 8th 9th Dec 1967 Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London 24th
10th 11th 12th Dec 1966 Empire Hall, Olympia, London 23rd
9th 10th 11th Dec 1965 Empire Hall, Olympia, London 22nd
OLYMPIA 10th 11th 12th Dec 1964 Empire Hall, Olympia, London 21st
5th 6th 7th Dec 1963 Empire Hall, Olympia, London 20th
6th 7th 8th Dec 1962 Empire Hall, Olympia, London 19th
The Grand Hall's initial and enduring popularity made it plainly obvious that more space was required at Olympia and in 1923 the New Hall, later renamed the National Hall, was added. Six years later saw the opening of the Empire Hall, which was later renamed Olympia Two. Olympia's exhibition space was completed in 1959, when the West Hall, an extension of the Grand Hall was added 7th 8th 9th Dec 1961 Empire Hall, Olympia, London 18th
9th 10th 11th Dec 1960 Empire Hall, Olympia, London 17th
10th 11th 12th Dec 1959 Empire Hall, Olympia, London 16th
8th 9th 10th Jan 1959 Empire Hall, Olympia, London 15th
9th 10th 11th Jan 1958 National Hall,Olympia, London 14th
11th 12th 13th Jan 1957 National Hall,Olympia, London 13th

OLYMPIA

The show eventually outgrew the venue so in 1967 the show was moved to Alexandra Palace

12th 13th 14th Jan 1956 National Hall,Olympia, London 12th
6th 7th 8th Jan 1955 National Hall,Olympia, London 11th
7th 8th 9th Jan 1954 National Hall,Olympia, London 10th
OLYMPIA Queues building in 1958 20th 21st 22nd November 1952 Grand Hall Extension, Olympia, London 9th
6th 7th 8th Dec 1951 National Hall,Olympia, London 8th
14th 15th 16th Dec 1950 Empire Hall, Olympia, London 7th
Royal Horticultural Hall, Westminster, London

The first 6 shows organised by Cage & Aviary Birds were held here

1st 2nd 3rd  Dec 1949 Royal Horticultural (New Hall), Westminster, London 6th
2nd 3rd 4th  Dec 1948 Royal Horticultural (New Hall), Westminster, London 5th
4th 5th 6th Dec 1947 Royal Horticultural Hall, Westminster, London 4th

The 69th Crystal Palace "National Show"  held on the 21st 22nd and 23rd January 1937, at Crystal Palace, Dorland Hall, Lower Regent Street, near Piccadilly Circus, London

6th 7th 8th Dec 1946 Royal Horticultural Hall, Westminster, London 3rd
7th 8th 9th Dec 1945 Royal Horticultural Hall, Westminster, London 2nd

8th 9th 10th Feb

1940

Royal Horticultural Hall, Westminster, London

1st

 

         

THE FAMOUS FOUR In 1939 4 Men worked tirelessly to revive a Bird Show which, during the previous seventy years had been held at Crystal Palace, after the fire of 1936 attempts to find an alterative venue failed, a decision was made to close the show for good .The risk of the Fancy loosing its showcase  was prevented by the 'Famous Four'  Joe Kuttner - advertisement Manager for Cage Birds, Richard Haddon Chairman of the company that Published Cage Birds and who was later Knighted and the name sake of our Supreme Award Trophy, Eddie Lincoln, Editor of Cage Birds and Manager Frank Bachelor they were joined by J H Joplin (Borders), J Hylton-Blythe (British Birds), George Crawford (Canaries),  A W Tunesi (Yorkshires), C. H. Rodgers (Budgies), George Weston (All Varieties) and S A Legg Previously Manager of the Crystal Palace Show. A committee of 11 organised the first Show