The Story of the Great Exhibition – Part 1

The Great Exhibition of 1851 was a highpoint of Victorian Britain and its sense of Empire.

The magnificent Crystal Palace in Hyde Park became a magnet for great crowds of visitors from all over Britain including Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the Royal family who repeatedly visited. .

An expert on the Exhibition, Dr David De Haan, discusses how Prince Albert championed the original concept, helped to raise the funds and took a very active interest in the project. He also explains the social impact of the Great Exhibition and how it shaped Victorian Society.

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Presented by:

David De Haan

Thanks to:

Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust

Written By:

David De Haan

Recorded By:

Andy Partington