BBC Learning Zone Clips

CLIP 7882

Victorian inventions: the Crystal Palace (audio)

Victorian inventions: the Crystal Palace (audio)
Key Info
  • Victorian inventions: the Crystal Palace (audio)
  • Duration: 05:35
  • A mini-drama about the building of the Crystal Palace in London. A committee - consisting of the engineers John Russell and Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the leading scientist Sir George Airy - is considering designs submitted for a building to house the Great Exhibition. Joseph Paxton, a gardener, submits a design for a large building made of glass and iron. The committee believes it will not be possible to build something so large out of metal that might bend and glass that might break. The public, however, like the idea and the committee is forced to accept it. Despite the committee's reservations, the Crystal Palace is built successfully and is opened by Queen Victoria at a magnificent ceremony. Isambard Kingdom Brunel even bases his design for his next project, Paddington Station, on the Crystal Palace.
  • Subject:




  • Keywords: Victorian technology, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, George Airy, Joseph Paxton, inventions, building design, glass buildings, Crystal Palace, Great Exhibition, greenhouses, school radio, schoolradio
Ideas for use in class
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.