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Foyles 110 - The Exhibition: Your Stories, Images and Memorabilia from our 110 Years

Wednesday 7th August 2013 9:30am - Thursday 22nd August 2013 6pm 107 Charing Cross Road Exhibition, Free Event


110 years ago, William and Gilbert Foyle failed their civil service exams, and took out an ad in the newspaper to sell the used textbooks they no longer needed. Such was the demand, that they continued to buy and sell, buy and sell, until what they humbly came to call The World's Greatest Bookshop was born. We've made our business selling stories, but the story of Foyles itself is not ours alone - it's been made by the countless book-lovers who have wandered among the shelves for decade after decade. For this reason, we'll be handing over the Gallery space at Charing Cross Road this August to you, creating an immersive exhibition that captures the many faces of Foyles past, present and future.


We're asking you to submit your own personal memories of Foyles for an August exhibition. Whether they are old photos, sketches or paintings of our shop(s), or even written histories, memorabilia and souvenirs; come and see our story unfold on the Gallery walls, told by the customers who have made us what we are today.


We just ask that participants comply with the requirements below.


Venue: The Gallery at Foyles, Third Floor, Charing Cross Road

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 11.30am-6pm



Please leave your impressions of Foyles at our comments and collection box on the ground floor of Foyles, Charing Cross Road or email them to no later than 1st July 2013. Please include:

  • Your name
  • Contact details
  • A brief description of the submission
  • Your website address/Twitter handle (if applicable)

Submissions must not exceed A2 in size, must be two-dimensional or easy to display on the Gallery walls.

Submissions may also be hosted on the Foyles website or Foyles social media channels. (While we plan to display as many submissions as possible, we cannot guarantee that any individual submission will be used.)

If you would like any submission to be returned, please collect these yourself on one of our collection days (information to come). Please note that Foyles will be unable to return any pieces by post, and work most be collected on the collection days.


Please note that Foyles cannot accept responsibility for the safety of any of the pieces displayed.

We cannot guarantee that submissions will be displayed. The Foyles' Marketing Department and Management Team maintain right of refusal when it comes to displaying submissions, and submissions deemed offensive or that do not comply with size or material restrictions will not be shown.

Please note that the Gallery may be closed when instore events and meetings are taking place.



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