Historian Dr David De Haan takes you on an illustrated tour of the Crystal Palace during the Great exhibition of 1851. The tour begins at the main entrance of the glass and iron construction that was erected in Hyde Park, London. Through the rich visual material, the visitor is shown sketches and images of numerous exhibitors and Greece with its “very small” display (minute 12) features as it was depicted in Joseph Nash’s 1854 print. The exhibition received 6,000,000 visitors over a period of five and a half months and Queen Victoria reportedly visited the premises forty-one times. After the closing of the Exhibition on October 16th, 1851, the entire building was dismantled and moved to Sydenham, re-opening in 1854, before it burnt to the ground in 1936.
Presented by: David de Haan
Recorded by: Andy Partington
Source: via History West Midlands, People of Ideas, Innovation and Enterprise.