Coronation! at Westminster Abbey

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Westminster Abbey's Coronation! exhibition marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen's 1953 Coronation, showing the energetic preparations undertaken at the Abbey, and the pomp and magnificence of the service.

The Abbey has joined with Getty Images to produce the exhibition, which includes some of the best news pictures of the time. More than 40 images, including the work of Bert Hardy and John Chillingworth as well iconic shots from the Picture Post archive, are featured.

The beautiful images have been given a 21st-century digital make-over for the exhibition. Visitors will be able to see the historic images in massive detail as the latest techniques allow the pictures to be blown up to many times their original size, printed onto paper-thin fabric and then dramatically backlit.

The exhibition also highlights the forgotten story of the transformation of Westminster Abbey in the six months before Coronation Day. The Ministry of Works, the government's building department at the time, carried out extensive building work to re-configure the Abbey and recorded it all in meticulous detail. Scans of some of the original Ministry of Works prints will be on display at the exhibition.

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Tube: Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines) and St James's Park (District and Circle Lines). The Abbey can be found on the south side of Parliament Square. Buses: 11, 24, 88, 148, 211