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An illustrated tour of the Great Exhibition of 1841 – Part 2

Join Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for an illustrated tour of the Great Exhibition of 1841 lead by historian, Dr Peter De Haan.

Meet your guide at the main entrance to the revolutionary glass and iron of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park and join him as he visits the exhibits.

Here you will see innovations and witness new technologies from Britain and the world beyond; see products and people from the other side of the globe; and glimpse famous faces including the Duke of Wellington and Charles Dickens.

Also watch Part 1 »

Dr David De Haan tells the story of the idea of the Great Exhibition of 1851, explains how it was financed and the competition to design the building which housed it and the pivotal role of Prince Albert, in driving the project forward.



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