What was it built for?

The Crystal Palace was built for the first World's Fair exhibition of culture and industry, the Great Exhibition, located in London, and organised by various luminaries of Victorian Britain, was commissioned to display the wonders of industry and manufacturing from around the world.

Though it was originally situated in Hyde Park, it was in Crystal Palace Park where the building spent most of its life. Here, it received millions of visitors from around the globe, of differing class and stature, who came to view the wonders within the magical glass palace.

At the time the iconic cast iron and glass structure in which the exhibition was staged, soon to be familiarised as the Crystal Palace, was a largely innovative design, and one which exemplified the ingenuity and endeavour of the industrial Britain it was built to display. It is this evocative image, of a vast palace of crystal, bringing people together outside of warfare, from the corners of the empire and beyond, which arguably stands the highlight of Victorian heritage. Judging by the number of visitors the Palace received it certainly resonated with the people and community of the time.