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The Great Exhibition of 1851
Prassanajit de Silva Wednesday 19 February 2020

History has come to regard the Great Exhibition as a self-confident statement of Victorian technological prowess; but its roots can be traced to a widespread concern about the state of industrial design in Britain. So what were its real aims, and how were they fulfilled? What concerns did such a radically novel event raise for society? What was the experience like, why did it prove such a success at the time and what was its lasting impact?