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My grandad sold programmes at the Crystal Palace and I like to imagine it would've been like this wonderful 44-page guide from 1930 by Henry James Buckland, General Manager.

It's a fascinating read which Buckland describes as 'representing an endeavour to put into concise form an account of ... this great and unique building (because) nowadays there is little or no time for the average person to wade through dull page of unending details.' 

With photos of the grounds and Courts, I hope you enjoy travelling back in time, and a special thank-you to Mark Sawyer for sharing this programme.


Click here to read the full 44-page programme


I had the privilege of chatting with Gerald Robinson who shared his memories of that fateful night on 30 November 1936 when flames destroyed the Crystal Palace. Listen to the recording here!

1936 Fire - Gerald Robinson's memories
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Ever since I was a kid I've always loved maps.

And it was whilst staring at a Victorian map of Crystal Palace and the surrounding area whilst volunteering at the Subway (one of the last remnants of the palace) that I came up with the idea of a time traveling teenager.

I'm therefore delighted to share with you the Chronicles Map showing sites visited by Joe on his time travel adventures, from Luranah Villa to Norwood New Town, plus places in Joe's own time including Paradise Bar and Restaurant.


Just sign up to my author mailing list and I'll send you your copy, just click here


Follow in their footsteps, pause here a while, listen to the echoes, past, present, future...  

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Book Launch Celebration at The Crystal Palace Museum

Book Launch Celebration at The Crystal Palace Museum - It was a thrill to share Palace of Shadows and Star o in one of the last remaining remnants of the Crystal Palace, surrounded by its past and by people who are as passionate as me in wanting to bring it to life for the young and the young at heart.  And to have one of the books main characters Bertie - aka H. G. Wells-  lead my Q&A made it a night I’ll never forget (so glad he got his Time Machine working…)

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Talks, Workshops and School Visits

I’d love to come to your event or school to share some of my writing, help bring the fascinating world of Victorian Crystal Palace to life and inspire storytelling in people of all ages, calling on over three decades of running workshops with young people.

I’m happy to tailor-make sessions to suit the needs and interests of your group so don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat click the button below!

"Graham was amazing, the students were very engaged and loved his novel." -

Maria Smith, Librarian, St Augustine School, Kilburn

OR you can find out more on my Contact an Author page at 

Graham Whitlock | Contact an Author 

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The Crystal Palace Chronicles Palace of Flames, Palace of Shadows and Star of Nimrod have launched!  They are available at Waterstones and in local independent bookshops across South London including;

Bookseller Crow Bookshop // Crystal Palace South London in Crystal Palace 

Kirkdale Bookshop in Sydenham

Books | Chener Books | London  in East Dulwich 

Welcome - Dulwich Bookshop in West Dulwich 

The Beckenham Bookshop  in Beckenham 

Herne Hill ( in Herne Hill

Clapham Books | England | London Bookshop in Clapham

Village Books in Dulwich Village

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