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On Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June, we worked with the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 at the Great Exhibition Road Festival in South Kensington, London.

The Royal Commission’s tent celebrated the original Great Exhibition put on by Prince Albert in 1851.

There were activities for all ages to do and explore, including the first ever 3D printed Crystal Palace (home of the original Great Exhibition).

This was printed throughout the festival and in the weeks running up to it, using a plastic derived from sugar cane which is biodegradable.

Free ‘1851der’ VR viewers celebrated Victorian Virtual Reality through a cardboard viewer and 1851der App. This allows you to view 3D images taken by the Victorians inside the Crystal Palace in 1851 on a smartphone.

During the festival The Engineers: Space Flight panel was recorded by the BBC with an audience of more than 600 people asking questions.

Don’t miss the broadcast on BBC World Service on Saturday 13th July at 7pm and Sunday 14th July at 2pm.

This was the first time for the Great Exhibition Road Festival and was attended by more than 40,000 people. Thank you to everyone who joined us and we look forward to seeing even more of you next year!

Check out our video from the weekend here:

Find out more about the Royal Commission here https://www.royalcommission1851.org/