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Issue 11 Spring 2016

Art & Industry: The 1851 Exhibition

Designed by a Derbyshire gardener, Joseph Paxton, the Crystal Palace was built by West Midlands firms and housed the Great Exhibition of 1851. This huge glasshouse advertised regional manufactures to the wider world.

Malcolm Dick reflects on the 1851 Exhibition, the contents of this issue and History West Midlands

Precursor of the Great Exhibition
Jo Prinsen
Birmingham’s Industrial Exposition in 1849

Constructing the Crystal Palace
Jim Andrew
Designing and building the iconic structure

Black Country Hardware, Hollowware and Household Goods
David J Eveleigh
Showcasing Black Country businesses

‘A Quota of Beautiful Works’
Gaye Blake-Roberts
The Wedgwood Company and 1851

‘Respectable Refreshments’
Jane Adams
J Schweppe and Co. at The Crystal Palace

Places to Visit
Guy Sjögren
Heritage sites to visit

A Theatre of Glass and Industry
David de Haan
The scope and size of the Exhibition

‘The only Prize Medal for Cut Nails’
Guy Sjögren
A Birmingham industrialist makes his mark

Made to Impress
Yvonne Jones
A remarkable japanware cabinet

Gates, a Fountain and Statues
David de Haan
Coalbrookdale at the Crystal Palace

Making Glass at Chance’s Glassworks
Tom Gidlow
A visitor’s account from 1852

The Revived Arts and Crafts of the Middle Ages
Michael Fisher
Inside the ‘Mediaeval Court’

‘Exalting and Enlarging the Mind’
Alice Insley
The 1839 Derby Mechanics Institute exhibition

William Hazledine
Andrew Pattison
A cast-iron king

World Heritage in the West Midlands
Anna Woodham
Ironbridge and the Derwent Valley Mills

Book Review
Fanxiang Min
Richard Moore. The Coalbrookdale Doctors: A Family Practice in Shropshire 1770-1870

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Issue 11 Spring 2016