Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

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1857 Manchester Exhibition

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In 1857, four years after it had been awarded its city status, Manchester played host to Art Treasures Of The United Kingdom, the largest art show that had ever been seen in Britain.

With over 16,000 exhibits, the city leaders had to sanction the building of a huge temporary glass pavilion in the Manchester Botanical Gardens

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