Saturday Lecture: The Great Exhibition

Ref: C2422704

The Great Exhibition is widely seen as a statement of Victorian self-confidence, but its roots can be traced to a widespread concern about the state of industrial design in Britain. So, what were the real aims behind the Exhibition, and how were they fulfilled? What concerns did such a radically novel event raise for Victorian society? What was the experience like for visitors? Why was it such a huge success at the time? And what was its lasting impact?

Course aim

To explore the history of the Great Exhibition, considering the reasons behind it, how it worked in practice and its legacy.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • explain the main aims of the Great Exhibition.
  • outline aspects of the visitor experience at the Great Exhibition.
  • identify three elements of the legacy of the Great Exhibition.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Nothing needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Saturday Lecture: The Great Exhibition


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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