A collection of Olympic memorabilia dating back to 1896 goes on display at the British Library this week.
The exhibition includes more than 2.500 posters, stamps, letters and pieces of artwork trace and looks at how Olympic iconography has evolved over more than a century.
Olympex 2012: Collecting the Olympic Games is primarily focused on the London Games in 1908 and 1948.
Visitors will also be able to listen to audio interviews with Olympians from the British Library’s archives, including William (Bill) Roberts, a relay runner who took part in 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Roger Walshe, Head of Public Engagement and Learning, British Library, said: “The exhibition captures the Olympic spirit that London is feeling at the moment and shows the legacy each London Games has left. Through souvenirs and historic objects we hope to present a unique and personal side to the Olympic Games.”
Olympex 2012: Collecting the Olympic Games will be hosted in the Front Hall of the British Library, St Pancras, from 25 July to 9 September. Admission is free.