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Inside the Crystal Palace: the must-see exhibition of Victorian England

Inside the Crystal Palace

Event schedule details

Saturday 9 October

13.15-14.15

Event location details

Room LT200

Imperial College London

Join an exclusive visit to the Great Exhibition of 1851, the first World’s Fair, which took place inside the Crystal Palace of Hyde Park 170 years ago this summer.  

Pieced together from written accounts, early photos and paintings held inside the V&A archive, the Museum’s Keeper of Word and Image, Julius Bryant, leads this illustrated stroll through the blockbuster exhibition of Victorian England, where you can admire the most popular and extraordinary works of art and industry. 

It is a tour that will celebrate the range of both manufactured goods and the fine art on show.  

While much has been written of the Exhibition as a celebration of British Industry and a seminal moment in the birth of retail culture and consumerism, it was much more than that. In this guided talk Julius will investigate how the Exhibition also met Prince Albert’s aim to educate and open up appreciation of fine art to the masses. 

This event is taking place in South Kensington and will also be live streamed so that you can tune in to watch live online from your home. When selecting your ticket, please be careful to check whether you have a ticket to join us at the event in South Kensington or to watch along online.

Tickets in South Kensington have now sold out but online tickets are available.

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  • Adults
  • Talks and tours
Inside the Crystal Palace