Art and Industry: The 1851 Exhibition
West Midlands art & industry
At the heart of the Great Exhibition

The Great Exhibition of 1851 was one of the most famous events of the Victorian age, providing a showcase for Britain's global leadership in art and industry.

The West Midlands was central to many facets of the Exhibition. The iconic Crystal Palace which came to symbolise the exhibition was designed by Joseph Paxton, the head gardener at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, the revolutionary glass came from Chance Brothers and the iron structure from Fox and Henderson - both in Smethwick.

Indeed, the very concept and idea for the Exhibition owed much to the Birmingham Exhibition of Manufacturer and Art which Prince Albert visited on 17th November 1849.

Throughout the Crystal Palace visitors saw the industrial innovation and importance of the West Midlands in exhibits of commodities from Birmingham, the Black Country, Ironbridge and the Potteries, and when they needed refreshment it was provided by the Malvern company of J. Schweppes and Co.

This beautifully illustrated issue of History West Midlands brings the Great Exhibition to life and highlights the major contribution of the people and technological innovations of the region.
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Art and Industry: The 1851 Exhibition
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A theatre of glass

A unique History West Midlands plan of the Great Exhibition, prepared from contemporary records, shows its amazing size and scope.

A special fold out spread
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