The Great Exhibition 1851

The Great Exhibition was opened on 1st May 1851 and it came to end on 15th October 1851.

It was held in Hyde Park in a massive purpose-built glass structure called ‘The Crystal Palace’.
After the exhibition, it was moved from Hyde Park to Sydenham in south London, where it was extended.

This area of London is now known as Crystal Palace.
Unfortunately, The Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire in 1936.

Over 6 million people visited the Great Exhibition. It was a massive success and the money it raised was used to set up the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

In the centre of the glass building stood a fountain constructed from pink glass. This was 27 feet high.

The Crystal Palace featured the first public toilet cubicles. The inventor of these, George Jennings, charged a penny. This is where the expression ‘spend a penny’ comes from.

Constantin Brancusi  1876 - 1957


The Royal Wedding 1953

In Norse mythology, Valhalla (from Old Norse Valhöll "hall of the slain") is a majestic, enormous hall located in Asgard, ruled over by the god Odin.

Chosen by Odin, half of those who die in combat travel to Valhalla upon death, led by valkyries, while the other half go to the goddess Freyja's field Fólkvangr.

In Valhalla, the dead join the masses of those who have died in combat known as Einherjar and various legendary Germanic heroes and kings, as they prepare to aid Odin during the events of Ragnarök.

Before the hall stands the golden tree Glasir, and the hall's ceiling is thatched with golden shields.

Various creatures live around Valhalla, such as the stag Eikþyrnir and the goat Heiðrún, both described as standing atop Valhalla and consuming the foliage of the tree Læraðr.

The Festival of Britain 1951

The State Funeral of Winston Churchill 1965