The 1851 Great Exhibition, which Prince Albert promoted, celebrated Britain's industrial pre-eminence. Its public success generated profits that enabled the purchase of land and the creation of a number of cultural, scientific and educational institutions at Kensington in west London. Prince Albert was celebrated and memorialised as the presiding inspiration of the development, in its nickname, 'Albertropolis'. A voice of huge resonance in the period was that of John Ruskin, the art and social critic. Dr James Lawson will talk about the exhibition and its relationship to Ruskin's views about art and industry - a dialogue of reaction and accommodation.
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