South Kensington

South Kensington is a district in West London in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Following the Great Exhibition in 1851, the area known as Exhibition Road was purchased by the commissioners of the Exhibition to create a home for institutions dedicated to the arts and science. It is the home to many museums including the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Latitude: 51.494150100000
Longitude: -0.174685300000

Timeline of Events Associated with South Kensington

Date Event Manage
4 May 1886 to 14 Oct 1886

Colonial and Indian Exhibition

Representation of the Colonial Indian ExhibitionThe Colonial and Indian Exhibition opened in South Kensington on 4 May 4 1886, lasted over six months, and accommodated 5.5 million visitors. Image: “Woodcarvers (Courtyard of Indian Palace).” “Colonial Indian Exhibition: The Indian Empire.” Illustrated London News 17 July 1886: 84. Courtesy of the Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

Featuring extravagant displays from British colonial holdings, the exhibit was organized by the Prince of Wales as an “imperial object lesson” in England’s power and grandeur.


Aviva Briefel, "On the 1886 Colonial and Indian Exhibition"

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