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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