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London Conference of Critical Thought

Aesthetic Analysis and Visitors’ Experience of the 1862 International Exhibition: London Conference of Critical Thought, 27th and 28th June 2014 In less than a month’s time, Goldsmiths College, University of London, will play host to the 3rd Annual London Conference … Continue reading

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Love 1862: Going On Honeymoon

So for the last instalment of Love 1862, we thought we’d send you off with a tale of happily ever after. In 1861, the English architect John Pollard Seddon designed this desk for his own use. To complete the desk … Continue reading

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Love 1862: Another Round!

So how was your date last night? A romantic night out with the desire of your heart? A table for two in a candlelit restaurant?  A glass of Champagne to start?  White with the fish?  Red with the main? Dessert … Continue reading

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Love 1862: Royal Romance

The day itself is with us! So, from the editors of visit1862, here is our Valentine gift to you: In 1858, after at least seven years of matchmaking, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert finally married their eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, … Continue reading

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Love 1862: Rival Roses

So, there’s no escaping it, its just one more day until Valentines Day (we can already hear the collective groans!). However… what about the fortunate few with many Valentines?  Our cartoon today depicts two such young ladies in the gardens … Continue reading

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Love 1862: The Great British Bake Off

Today we’re celebrating the marriage of Victoria and Albert, wed upon this day in 1840, and we need a proper cake befitting the occasion… how about these two showstoppers exhibited at the 1862 International Exhibition?  Cassell’s Illustrated Guide takes us … Continue reading

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Love 1862: An Introduction

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are well known for being one of the most romantic couples in the history of the British monarchy. So when the editors of visit1862 discovered that the anniversary of their wedding (10th February 1840) falls … Continue reading

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The Empty Chair: Designing A ‘Royal’ Experience

Today’s publishing date of this post marks an important date for nineteenth-century historians, for it was on Tuesday 22nd January 1901 that Queen Victoria died, at the grand old age of 81 at her beloved Osborne House.  The royal couple … Continue reading

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The Festival Ode

We think that Tennyson’s poem merits inclusion in The Objects column, as our research is discovering that poetry celebrating International Exhibitions was quite a typical Victorian response to these events.  Inventive (if rather florid) rhyming couplets can be found in … Continue reading

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The Tenth Day of an 1862 Christmas…

On the tenth day of Christmas the 1862 Committee gave to me… ten Lords a Leaping   The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 was established in 1850 to oversee the organisation of the first International Exhibition – known … Continue reading

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