International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art
The Meadows
BIE-classUnrecognized exposition
NameInternational Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art
Area30 acres
CountryUnited Kingdom
VenueThe Meadows
Opening6 May 1886
Closure30 October 1886

The International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art was a World's fair[1] held in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1886.[2]


The exhibition was held in The Meadows.[3] It was opened on 6 May by Prince Albert Victor[4] and ran to 30 October, occupied 30 acres, had 2,770,000 visits and made £5,555 profit.[2]


Exhibits included an Old Edinburgh Street exhibit which included reconstructions of, by then, demolished buildings of the Royal Mile including the Netherbow Port;[5] Czech violins; Turkish embroidery; and Scotch whisky.[4] Neilson and Company of Glasgow exhibited the Caledonian Railway Single steam locomotive.

Perth's Magnus Jackson was awarded the bronze medal and diploma of merit for his photographs of ferns and foxgloves.[6]


The Zetland and Fair Isle exhibit gave Edinburgh city whale jawbones which formed an arch on Jawbone Walk.[7] The jawbones were removed for restoration in 2014 due to deterioration and lack of maintenance. The Brass Founders' Pillar from the Exhibition was moved from the Meadows to Nicolson Square.

The Brass Founders' Pillar from the Edinburgh International Exhibition

See also


  1. ^ "ExpoMuseum / 1884 - 1900". Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b Pelle, Findling, ed. (2008). "Appendix B:Fair Statistics". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 414. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9.
  3. ^ "The Meadows, Edinburgh (UK)". Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Bartholomew Archive Blog". Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Marshall Wane  -  International Exhibition 1886  -  A book of ten prints". Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Magnus Jackson and the Black Art", p. 8 – Perth and Kinross Council
  7. ^ "Jawbone Arch, Meadows. At the intersection of Jawbone Walk and Melville Drive. Given to the ci…". Retrieved 28 October 2014.