Discover the Great Exhibition
Discover the incredible story of the Great Exhibition of 1851. From its controversial planning process to its exhibitors, visitors and long legacy, you’ll uncover an event unlike any other.
If you took a stroll along the south side of Hyde Park today with its leafy paths and football pitches, you might not realise that this site played host to a momentous event that shaped the whole local area and beyond.
Explore the incredible story of the Great Exhibition of 1851. From its controversial planning process to quirky stories of its exhibitors and visitors and its long legacy, you’ll uncover an event unlike any other before or since. This talk includes a virtual tour of a recreation of the ‘Crystal Palace’, the groundbreaking building that housed the exhibition. You’ll get a feel for the scale of it, admire its beautiful and innovative design, and discover amazing facts about the exhibition it housed.