Join this special guided tour 
Step inside the Great Exhibition - 1851
Wednesday 14th December 2016
18:30 for 19:00 hour start
Austin Court, Cambridge Street
near Library of Birmingham
Unless you are very old (and I mean really, really old) you probably didn’t get to the 1851 Exhibition. But you can change that, because at 19.00 on 14th December 2016, David de Haan is leading a guided tour of the Great Exhibition in a talk for History West Midlands.

‘The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, 1851’ - to give it its full title - was held in Hyde Park that year and over 6 million people visited. That’s about 1 in 3 of the entire population. When the design for the building was first published in June 1850, Punch dubbed the architectural style ‘Early English Shed’, but by 2nd November had been won over as the light and airy building grew, and changed the description to ‘Crystal Palace’. The name stuck.

It was a temporary exhibition which ran six days a week from Thursday 1st May until Wednesday 15th October 1851. With days lost for Sundays, private views for exhibitors, plus the Opening and Closing ceremonies, the public had access on 141 days between 9am and 6pm. Queen Victoria visited 41 times!

From plans, catalogues and prints, the layout and content of the 1851 Exhibition has been reconstructed, making it possible to visit stand after stand in the order the Victorians would have seen them. Individual exhibits have been identified, foreign products marvelled at, and the whole atmosphere of the original Crystal Palace will be brought to life.

If you come to this talk you will be able to say you did visit the 1851 Exhibition after all!

So don’t delay order your ticket for this unique History West Midlands event.

Places are limited.

Step inside the Great Exhibition 1851 Tickets only £15
including refreshments

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Step inside the Great Exhibition 1851
A special guide
  • Read how Prince Albert came to Birmingham to learn more about exhibitions.
  • Learn how the Black Country made the Crystal Palace possible.
  • See how Birmingham - the city of a 1000 trades - showed off it goods to the world.
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Art and Industry: The 1851 Exhibition
Includes specially created plan

A special fold out spread
David de Haan About your guide

David de Haan recently retired Senior Curator and Director of Learning at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, and until 2012 Programme Director of the Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham.
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