The Great Exhibition was opened on this day in London 1851
As Brits we know we have an abundant of riches, but how often do we organise an exhibition to show it off? Not nearly enough. The Great Exhibition of 1851 did exactly this. In its six month run 6 million people – a third of the population of Britain – visited. Its profits funded The V&A Museum, The Science Museum, and The Natural History Museum. Quite a feat for an exhibition that was instigated in response to the French Industrial Exposition of 1844.
Should we be holding a great exhibition every year? What would you include if it were and would you visit? Let us know in the comments section below!