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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, 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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Take a conducted tour of the Great Exhibition and join the crowds of visitors to the Crystal Palace.



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