Study Room resource: The Great Exhibition

Prints and drawings, including fashion illustrations, architectural drawings, design drawings, watercolours, posters and much more, not on display in the galleries, can be seen in the Prints and Drawings Study Room. To make it easier for teachers and lecturers to access the most popular material with groups, we have developed themed study room resources which contain original prints and drawings.

This resource contains images of the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, which was held in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London, during the spring and summer of 1851. Many of these images were created as souvenirs for the populace to purchase and take away.

The Great Exhibition was the first international exhibition of manufactured products and was enormously influential on the development of many aspects of society including art and design education, international trade and relations, and even tourism.Many of the objects in the Exhibition were used as the first collection for the South Kensington Museum which opened in 1857 and later became the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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