August 17th, 2015

The Great Exhibition of 1851, illustrated talk by Dr Michael Johnson
On Monday, August 17th, South Shields Local History Group will be welcoming Dr Michael Johnson to give his illustrated talk on the Great Exhibition of 1851. A lecturer in Design History at Northumbria University, Dr Johnson will examine the cultural significance of this spectacular display of Victorian Britain’s industrial and imperial power, with particular emphasis on South Shields' role in building the majestic venue - the Crystal Palace.

The Great Exhibition was an international trade fair organised by Henry Cole and Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. The world’s most industrially advanced nations and their empires participated, making it the largest event of its kind. It was held in a purpose-built hall in Hyde Park; constructed from cast iron and glass in just nine months. The interior was filled with an extravaganza of exotic wares from around the world. Yet, despite its international scope, the exhibition was intended to demonstrate Britain's industrial superiority and imperial authority.

To find out much more about this extraordinary event and the connections it had with our home town, come along to our meeting which will be held downstairs in the Central Library theatre, from 5pm to 6.45pm. Visitors are very welcome, with a charge of £1. For further information please contact the reference desk in the Central Library or telephone 424 7864