100 Years Ago – 10 June 1920

10 June 1920

The Imperial War Museum opened in its first premises, located at the Crystal Palace at Sydenham Hill. King George V attended the opening and said “The outbreak of the terrible war which devastated Europe for more than four years rendered it hitherto impossible to put the Crystal Palace to the uses for which it was acquired. I am glad, however, to take this opportunity of expressing my appreciation of the patriotism which prompted the trustees to place the building at the disposal of my Ministers, and of the important service thus rendered to the national cause. It is my agreeable duty today to inaugurate at one and the same time the return of the Crystal Palace to the uses of peace and its opening as a national possession. I trust that for centuries to come it may continue worthily to serve the purposes assigned to it by Parliament as a place for education and recreation and for the promotion of industry, commerce and art”.

4,000 men and women went on strike at Port Sunlight, a suburb of the Wirral in Merseyside.

No agreement was reached in Dublin over the strikers who refused to handle British munitions. The London and North Western Railway Company said that they would not compromise on requiring their staff to handle traffic of all kinds.