The Palace Journal

The People's Palace began in 1886 with the purpose of providing an educational and cultural centre for the local east end community. 2012 marks 125 years from the opening of the Queen’s Hall of the People’s Palace. The Hall was used for a variety of events, including lectures, concerts and organ recitals, shows of birds and flowers, exhibitions of animals and pictures, fetes and more. The technical and trade school which formed part of the People's Palace later developed into Queen Mary College.Queen's Hall c1900

The Palace Journals were a weekly chronicle that ran from 1887-1895.

The journals not only provide a rich account of the early years of the People’s Palace but a valuable insight into Victorian culture and social history. They include:

  • Articles referring the Whitechapel Murders (10 October 1888).
  • Articles by writer Arthur Morrison (1863-1945), who worked as a clerk at the People’s Palace 1886-1890, and in 1896 published A Child of the Jago.
  • and Personal accounts describing the east end of the 1880s.

The journal issues include articles about the Palace, general 'public interest' articles, poetry and stories. Regular features include 'Palace Gossip', 'Men Who have Risen', The Members' Column, Society and Club Notes, Musical Notes, Class Notes, Letters to the Editor, and Competitions, Puzzles and Prizes, and advertisements.

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People's Palace Journal, Volume 1, 16 November 1887 - 9 May 1888

This volume includes: serialised novels such as 'The Holy Rose: A Novel' by Walter Besant, and 'In the Carquinez Woods' by Bret Harte; a series of articles on 'Personal and Home Hygiene' by John Goodfellow, Lecturer on Hygiene at the Bow and Bromley Institute, and on 'Big Game from "The Tropical World" by Dr. G. Hartwig'; and articles on events at the People's Palace, such as The Apprentice's Exhibition, The Dog Show, and The Flower Show.

View the list of journal issuesThe Palace Journal, Volume 1

  • Cover and Index Link
  • Issue 1 - November 16, 1887 Link
  • Issue 2 - November 23, 1887 Link
  • Issue 3 - November 30, 1887 Link
  • Issue 4 - December 7, 1887 Link
  • Issue 5 - December 14, 1887 Link
  • Issue 6 - December 21, 1887 Link
  • Issue 7 - December 28, 1887 Link
  • Issue 8 - January 4, 1888 Link
  • Issue 9 - January 11, 1888 Link
  • Issue 10 - January 18, 1888 Link
  • Issue 11 - January 25, 1888 Link
  • Issue 12 - February 1, 1888 Link
  • Issue 13 - February 8, 1888 Link
  • Issue 14 - February 15, 1888 Link
  • Issue 15 - February 22, 1888 Link
  • Issue 16 - February 29, 1888 Link
  • Issue 17 - March 7, 1888 Link
  • Issue 18 - March 14, 1888 Link
  • Issue 19 - March 21, 1888 Link
  • Issue 20 - March 28, 1888 Link
  • Issue 21 - April 4. 1888 Link
  • Issue 22 - April 11, 1888 Link
  • Issue 23 - April 18, 1888 Link
  • Issue 24 - April 25, 1888 Link
  • Issue 25 - May 2, 1888 Link
  • Issue 26 - May 9, 1888 Link

 

People's Palace Journal, Volume 2, 16 May - 7 November 1888

 

This volume includes: articles on events at the People's Palace such as The Workmen's Exhibition, the Opening of the Swimming Bath, the Elementary Schools' Swimming Competition, and the Autumn Fete; and serialised stories including 'On the Frontier' by Bret Harte, and 'Twas in Trafalgar's Bay', by Walter Besant and James Rice.

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  • Cover and Index Link
  • Issue 27 - May 16, 1888 Link
  • Issue 28 - 23 May 23, 1888 Link
  • Issue 29 - 30 May 30, 1888 Link
  • Issue 30 - June 6, 1888 Link
  • Issue 31 - June 13, 1888 Link
  • Issue 32 - June 20, 1888 Link
  • Issue 33 - June 27, 1888 Link
  • Issue 34 - July 4, 1888 Link
  • Issue 35 - July 11, 1888 Link
  • Issue 36 - July 18, 1888 Link
  • Issue 37 - July 25, 1888 Link
  • Issue 38 - August 1, 1888 Link
  • Issue 39 - August 8, 1888 Link
  • Issue 40 - August 15, 1888 Link
  • Issue 41 - August 22, 1888 Link
  • Issue 42 - August 29, 1888 Link
  • Issue 43 - September 5, 1888 Link
  • Issue 44 - September 12, 1888 Link
  • Issue 45 - September 19, 1888 Link
  • Issue 46 - September 26, 1888 Link
  • Issue 47 - October 3, 1888 Link
  • Issue 48 - October 10, 1888 Link
  • Issue 49 - October 17, 1888 Link
  • Issue 50 - October 24, 1888 Link
  • Issue 51 - October 31, 1888 Link
  • Issue 52 - November 7, 1888 Link

The Palace Journal, Volume 3, 14 November 1888 - 8 May 1889

This volume includes: articles on events at the People's Palace such as The Cage-Bird Show, The Chrysanthemum Show, and The Christmas Arctic Fete; and the serialised story 'To Call her Mine' by Walter Besant.

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  • Cover and Index Link
  • Issue 53 - November 14, 1888 Link
  • Issue 54 - November 21, 1888 Link
  • Issue 55 - November 28, 1888 Link
  • Issue 56 - December 5, 1888 Link
  • Issue 57 - December 12, 1888 Link
  • Issue 58 - December 19, 1888 Link
  • Issue 59 - December 26, 1888 Link
  • Issue 60 - January 1, 1889 Link
  • Issue 61 - January 9, 1889 Link
  • Issue 62 - January 16, 1889 Link
  • Issue 63 - January 23, 1889 Link
  • Issue 64 - January 30, 1889 Link
  • Issue 65 - February 6, 1889 Link
  • Issue 66 - February 13, 1889 Link
  • Issue 67 - February 20, 1889 Link
  • Issue 68 - February 27, 1889 Link
  • Issue 69 - March 6, 1889 Link
  • Issue 70 - March 13, 1889 Link
  • Issue 71 - March 20, 1889 Link
  • Issue 72 - March 27, 1889 Link
  • Issue 73 - April 3, 1889 Link
  • Issue 74 - April 10, 1889 Link
  • Issue 75 - April 17, 1889 Link
  • Issue 76 - April 24, 1889 Link
  • Issue 77 - May 1, 1889 Link
  • Issue 78 - May 8, 1889 Link

 

The Palace Journal, Volume 4, 15 May - 6 November 1889

This volume includes articles such as an article on the Workmen's and Apprentice's Industrial Exhibition at the People's Palace (in No. 83, June 12 1889, p.51), and the serialised story 'Maiwa's Revenge, or the War of the Little Hand', by H. Rider Haggard.

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  • Cover Link
  • Issue 79 - May 15, 1889 Link
  • Issue 80 - May 22, 1889 Link
  • Issue 81 - May 29, 1889 Link
  • Issue 82 - June 5, 1889 Link
  • Issue 83 - June 12, 1889 Link
  • Issue 84 - June 19, 1889 Link
  • Issue 85 - June 26, 1889 Link
  • Issue 86 - July 3, 1889 Link
  • Issue 87 - July 10, 1889 Link
  • Issue 88 - July 17, 1889 Link
  • Issue 89 - July 24, 1889 Link
  • Issue 90 - July 31, 1889 Link
  • Issue 91 - August 7, 1889 Link
  • Issue 92 - August 14, 1889 Link
  • Issue 93 - August 21, 1889 Link
  • Issue 94 - August 28, 1889 Link
  • Issue 95 - September 4, 1889 Link
  • Issue 96 - September 11, 1889 Link
  • Issue 97 - September 18, 1889 Link
  • Issue 98 - September 25, 1889 Link
  • Issue 99 - October 2, 1889 Link
  • Issue 100 - October 9, 1889 Link
  • Issue 101 - October 16, 1889 Link
  • Issue 102 - October 23, 1889 Link
  • Issue 103 - October 30, 1889 Link
  • Issue 104 - November 6, 1889 Link

The Palace Journal, Vol. 5, 13 November 1889 - 7 May 1890

This volume features: articles on events at the People's Palace, such as boxing competitions, and the Duke of Cambridge presiding over a public meeting about imperial federation; and serialised stories including 'Legends of the Province House' by Nathaniel Hawthorne and 'The Italian Banditti' by Washington Irving.

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  • Cover Link
  • Issue 105 - November 13, 1889 Link
  • Issue 106 - November 20, 1889 Link
  • Issue 107 - November 27, 1889 Link
  • Issue 108 - December 4, 1889 Link
  • Issue 109 - December 11, 1889 Link
  • Issue 110- December 18, 1889 Link
  • Issue 111 - December 25, 1889 Link
  • Issue 112 - January 1, 1890 Link
  • Issue 113 - January 8, 1890 Link
  • Issue 114 - January 15, 1890 Link
  • Issue 115 - January 22, 1890 Link
  • Issue 116 - January 29, 1890 Link
  • Issue 117 - February 5, 1890 Link
  • Issue 118 - February 12, 1890 Link
  • Issue 119 - February 19, 1890 Link
  • Issue 120 - February 26, 1890 Link
  • Issue 121 - March 5, 1890 Link
  • Issue 122 - March 12, 1890 Link
  • Issue 123 - March 19, 1890 Link
  • Issue 124 - March 26, 1890 Link
  • Issue 125 - April 2, 1890 Link
  • Issue 126 - April 9, 1890 Link
  • Issue 127 - April 16, 1890 Link
  • Issue 128 - April 23, 1890 Link
  • Issue 129 - April 30, 1890 Link
  • Issue 130 - May 7, 1890 Link

The Palace Journal, Vol. 6, 14 May - 16 July 1890

This volume also contains advertisements, and programmes for events at the People's Palace such as the Third Annual Gymnastic Display & Assault-at-Arms, 14 May 1890, and a performance by the "Black Eagle" Minstrels, 21 May 1898. Also included are serialised stories, such as 'The Murders in the Rue Morge' and 'A Descent into the Maelstrom', by Edgar Allan Poe.

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  • Cover Link
  • Issue 131 - May 14, 1890 Link
  • Issue 132 - May 21, 1890 Link
  • Issue 133 - May 28, 1890 Link
  • Issue 134 - June 4, 1890 Link
  • Issue 135 - June 13, 1890 Link
  • Issue 136 - June 18, 1890 Link
  • Issue 137 - June 25, 1890 Link
  • Issue 138 - July 2, 1890 Link
  • Issue 139 - July 9, 1890 Link
  • Issue 140 - July 16, 1890 Link

The Palace Journal, Vol. 6, 23 July - 24 September 1890

This volume also includes advertisements, and programmes for events at the People's Palace such as concerts by the People's Palace Military Band, and a programme of 'Stirring Naval Yarns' to be given by Captain Charles Reader, R.N., on 'The Hero Nelson', on 1 October 1890.

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  • Cover Link
  • Issue 141 - July 23, 1890 Link
  • Issue 142 - July 30, 1890 Link
  • Issue 143 - August 6, 1890 Link
  • Issue 144 - August 13, 1890 Link
  • Issue 145 - August 20, 1890 Link
  • Issue 146 - August 27, 1890 Link
  • Issue 147 - September 3, 1890 Link
  • Issue 148 - September 10, 1890 Link
  • Issue 149 - September 17, 1890 Link
  • Issue 150 - September 24, 1890 Link

The Palace Journal, Vol. 6, 1 October 1890 to 26 December 1890

This volume also features advertisements, including advertisements for People's Palace events such as a 'Science Lectures for the People' lecture by R.D. Roberts, M.A., D.Sc., on 'The Workshop of Nature', 24 November 1890. In addition, this volume includes programmes for concerts such as a performance of Handel's oratorio 'Messiah' by the People's Palace Choral Society and Orchestra, 20 December 1890.

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  • Cover Link
  • Issue 151 - October 1 1890, Link
  • Issue 152 - October 8 1890, Link
  • Issue 153 - October 15 1890, Link
  • Issue 154 - October 22 1890, Link
  • Issue 155 - October 29 1890, Link
  • Issue 156 - November 5 1890, Link
  • Issue 157 - November 12 1890, Link
  • Issue 158 - November 19 1890, Link
  • Issue 159 - November 26 1890, Link
  • Issue 160 - December 5 1890, Link
  • Issue 161 - December 12 1890, Link
  • Issue 162 - December 19 1890, Link
  • Issue 163 - December 26 1890, Link

The Palace Journal, Vol. 7, 2 January - 26 June 1891

Includes articles about the People's Palace, general articles, and stories, such as the serialised story 'A Strange Experience and its Sequel'. Regular features include Coming Events, Club, Class and General Gossip, and Programmes, Time Table of Evening Classes, 'Gleanings - Grave and Gay', and advertisements.

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  • Cover Link
  • Issue 164 - January 2, 1891 Link
  • Issue 165 - January 9, 1891 Link
  • Issue 166 - January 16, 1891 Link
  • Issue 167 - January 23, 1891 Link
  • Issue 168 - January 30, 1891 Link
  • Issue 169 - February 6, 1891 Link
  • Issue 170 - February 13, 1891 Link
  • Issue 171 - February 20, 1891 Link
  • Issue 172 - February 27, 1891 Link
  • Issue 173 - March 6, 1891 Link
  • Issue 174- March 13, 1891 Link
  • Issue 175- March 20, 1891 Link
  • Issue 176 - March 30, 1891 Link
  • Issue 177 - April 3, 1891 Link
  • Issue 178 - April 10, 1891 Link
  • Issue 179 - April 17, 1891 Link
  • Issue 180 - April 24, 1891 Link
  • Issue 181 - May 1, 1891 Link
  • Issue 182 - May 8, 1891 Link
  • Issue 183 - May 15, 1891 Link
  • Issue 184 - May 22, 1891 Link
  • Issue 185 - May 29, 1891 Link
  • Issue 186 - June 5, 1891 Link
  • Issue 187 - June 12, 1891 Link
  • Issue 188 - June 19, 1891 Link
  • Issue 189 - June 26, 1891 Link

The Palace Journal, Vol. 8, 3 July - 25 December 1891

This volume also includes: examination results for 1891; and programmes for concerts, such as a Gilbert-Sullivan concert, 30 December 1891, and other events such as lectures and Prof. Mitchell's Illusionist and Ventriloquial Entertainment, 7 December 1891.

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  • Cover Link
  • Issue 190 - July 3, 1891 Link
  • Issue 191 - July 10, 1891 Link
  • Issue 192 - July 17, 1891 Link
  • Issue 193 - July 24, 1891 Link
  • Issue 194 - July 31, 1891 Link
  • Issue 195 - August 7, 1891 Link
  • Issue 196 - August 14, 1891 Link
  • Issue 197 - August 21, 1891 Link
  • Issue 198 - August 28, 1891 Link
  • Issue 199 - September 4, 1891 Link
  • Issue 200 - September 11, 1891 Link
  • Issue 201 - September 18, 1891 Link
  • Issue 202 - September 25, 1891 Link
  • Issue 203 - October 2, 1891 Link
  • Issue 204 - October 9, 1891 Link
  • Issue 205 - October 16, 1891 Link
  • Issue 206 - October 23, 1891 Link
  • Issue 207 - October 30, 1891 Link
  • Issue 208 - November 6, 1891 Link
  • Issue 209 - November 13, 1891 Link
  • Issue 210 - November 20, 1891 Link
  • Issue 211 - November 27, 1891 Link
  • Issue 212 - December 4, 1891 Link
  • Issue 214 - December 18, 1891 Link
  • Issue 215 - December 25, 1891 Link

The Palace Journal, Vol. 9, 1 January - 24 June 1892

This volume also includes programmes for concerts and other events, such as: the First Musical Festival of the People's Palace Choir and Orchestra, 9 to 13 January 1892; and a 'Humourous and Dramatic Recital' by Mr Lambert Gore 'The Popular Story Teller' of 'Little Lord Fauntleroy', 22 June 1892.

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  • Issue 216 - January 1, 1892 Link
  • Issue 217 - January 8, 1892 Link
  • Issue 218 - January 15, 1892Link
  • Issue 219 - January 22, 1892Link
  • Issue 220 - January 29, 1892 Link
  • Issue 221 - February 5, 1892 Link
  • Issue 222 - February 12, 1892Link
  • Issue 223 - February 19, 1892 Link
  • Issue 224 - February 26, 1892 Link
  • Issue 225 - March 4, 1892 Link
  • Issue 226 - March 11, 1892 Link
  • Issue 227 - March 18, 1892 Link
  • Issue 228 - March 25, 1892 Link
  • Issue 229 - April 1, 1892 Link
  • Issue 230 - April 8, 1892 Link
  • Issue 231 - April 15, 1892 Link
  • April 22, 1892 Link
  • April 29, 1892 Link
  • May 6, 1892 Link
  • May 13, 1892 Link
  • May 20, 1892 Link
  • May 27, 1892 Link
  • June 3, 1892 Link
  • June 10, 1892 Link
  • June 17, 1892 Link
  • June 24, 1892 Link

The Palace Journal, Vol. 10, 1 July - 30 December 1892

This volume includes catalogues for the Annual Exhibition of Pictures at the People's Palace, 13 August to 10 September 1892, and programmes for the accompanying concerts featuring the African Native Choir Quintette and others. It also includes programmes for concerts and other events, such as a lecture by Frederic Villiers, Special War Correspondent of 'The Graphic' entitled 'War on a White Sheet', 2 January 1893.

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  • July 1, 1892 Link
  • July 8, 1892 Link
  • July 15, 1892 Link
  • July 22, 1892 Link
  • July 29, 1892 Link
  • August 5, 1892 Link
  • August 12, 1892 Link
  • August 19, 1892 Link
  • August 26, 1892 Link
  • September 2, 1892 Link
  • September 9, 1892 Link
  • September 16, 1892 Link
  • September 23, 1892 Link
  • September 30, 1892 Link
  • October 7, 1892 Link
  • October 14, 1892 Link
  • October 21, 1892 Link
  • October 28, 1892 Link
  • November 4, 1892 Link
  • November 11, 1892 Link
  • November 18, 1892 Link
  • November 25, 1892 Link
  • December 2, 1892 Link
  • December 9, 1892 Link
  • December 16, 1892 Link
  • December 23, 1892 Link
  • December 30, 1892 Link

The Palace Journal, Vol. 11, 6 January 1893 to 24 February 1893

This volume also includes programmes: for concerts such as a performance by the Cardiff National Welsh Choir, 28 January 1893; and for lectures, including 'The Starry Realms', a lecture on constellations by Rev. Newton Vanstone, 16 January 1893.

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  • Issue 269 - January 6, 1893 Link
  • Issue 270 - January 13, 1893 Link
  • Issue 271 - January 20, 1893 Link
  • Issue 272 - January 27, 1893 Link
  • Issue 273 - February 3, 1893 Link
  • Issue 274 - February 10, 1893 Link
  • Issue 275 - February 17, 1893 Link
  • Issue 276 - February 24, 1893 Link

The Palace Journal, Vol. 11, 3 March - 28 April 1893

This volume includes programmes for concerts such as a performance by the Field-Fisher Quartette, 26 April 1893, and a Costume Recital of Scenes from Popular Italian Operas, 1 April 1893.

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  • Issue 277 - March 3, 1893 Link
  • Issue 278 - March 10, 1893 Link
  • Issue 279 - March 17, 1893 Link
  • Issue 280 - March 24, 1893 Link
  • Issue 281 - March 31, 1893 Link
  • Issue 282 - April 7, 1893 Link
  • Issue 283 - April 14, 1893 Link
  • Issue 284 - April 21, 1893 Link
  • Issue 285 - April 28, 1893 Link

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