The Royal Albert Hall is famous for the wide range of events we hold here – music of all types, ballet, opera, films, lectures, sporting events and dinners. This building also has a secret history few know about… discover the hidden history behind some of the fascinating items and images from our archives:

A gun, a bassoon and another guy

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In 1969 we sent a gun, a bassoon and a man with a reflector microphone instrument into the auditorium. Find out why.

The first of fifteen

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It was on 9 March 1945 that the Royal Albert Hall hosted its first ever basketball competition. Find out about the inaugural match and the 14 more we have held here since.

Our furry friend

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Until the 1950s the Royal Albert Hall staff included a very special, furry member. Meet Albert the Organ Cat.

The men with the masks

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Who are these guys and why are they coming to the Hall with their huge hand-made papier-mâché heads?! Find out more about the Chelsea Arts Club New Year balls.

Dr Macaura’s 20th century vibrator

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Protests, imprisonment and the public demonstration of a vibratory massage instrument – read what happened when Dr Macaura visited the Hall with his pulsocon in 1911.