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After 1851: The Material and Visual Cultures of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham

Kate Nichols and Sarah Victoria Turner


‘The 10th of June, 1854, promises to be a day scarcely less memorable in the social history of the present age than was the 1st of May, 1851’ boasted the Chronicleon 10 June 1854, comparing the opening of the Crystal Palace, newly installed on the crown of Sydenham Hill, to that of the Great Exhibition. Many contemporary commentators deemed the Sydenham Palace’s contents superior, the building more spectacular and its educative potential much greater than its predecessor. Yet their predictions proved to be a little wide of the mark, and for a long time, studies of the Great Exhibition of 1851 ... More

Keywords: Crystal Palace, Sydenham, Material culture, Visual culture, Exhibitions, Nation, Empire, Class, Education, Leisure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780719096495
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719096495.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate Nichols, editor
University of Birmingham

Sarah Victoria Turner, editor
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art