The Great Exhibition, Hyde Park, London, 1851.
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A magic lantern slide showing the Crystal Palace, home of the Great Exhibition of 1851. The 'Great Exhibition of the Works of the Industry of all Nations' was conceived by Prince Albert (1819-1861). The Crystal Palace was purpose-built to house the exhibits. It was the first large-scale prefabricated ferrovitreous (iron and glas) structure, and was designed by Joseph Paxton (1801-1865). The prefabricated design made the construction and dismantling of the building easier and quicker. The exhibition was held in Hyde Park from 1 May to 15 October 1851 before the structure was moved to Sydenham, South London.