Exploring the rich and fascinating past of the historic counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. We uncover the history of the people, ideas and events that shaped the West Midlands and the world beyond.
HWM Shop

Step inside the Great Exhibition 1851

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 strictly limited

Price £15 per person (including refreshments)
Date Wednesday 14th December 2016
Time Doors open 18:30 for 19:00 start
Venue Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2NP (near the Library of Birmingham)

To book your place


Use the below form to book and pay for your place online and we will email you your electronic ticket.

Step inside the Great Exhibition 1851


We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

Event Registration and Ticketing Powered by Event Espresso

Step inside the Great Exhibition 1851