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A Sporting Celebration

Olympic-themed display

2 June 2012 to 31 January 2013

Please note that this display has now closed

aerial view of London, with the round Olympic Stadium in the foreground

Artist impression of the Olympic Stadium, with a capacity for 80,000 spectators © London 2012

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were the largest sporting event ever staged in Britain. This display explored some of the controls that were in place to ensure a safe and successful celebration of sport.

Staff at UK Border Force and HM Revenue and Customs worked nationally and internationally to meet the demands of staging the event.

The scale and control of the 2012 event contrasted with the last time London hosted the Games in 1948. Then the country was just emerging from world war. Basic materials were in short supply. Athletes moving between venues would travel through a bomb damaged city.

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Racing for Gold

This display accompanied Racing for Gold, a display of three racing craft on the ground floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum.