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Britain as the Workshop of the World

The Great Exhibition of 1851 and the Establishment of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Monday 25th March 2024

This lecture focuses on the design impact of the Great Exhibition and the need for a 'legacy institution' in the form of the South Kensington Museum. We look at the building as a work of art and explore the work of William Morris, Fredrick Lord Leighton and other influential designers of the Victorian Age.


Anna Warrillow graduated as a Blue Badge Guide early in 2013.  Since then she has been conducting bespoke private tours for discerning visitors to London. Anna established her own guiding company Canvas and Stone Tours in 2018. Her background and passion is Art & History. She studied for a BA in History of Art & Italian at the University of Sussex and took an MA in Renaissance Decorative Arts & Design at the Royal College of Art.  She worked for 6 years as a curator in the Sculpture Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum as well as in smaller collections such as the Henry Moore Family Trust. As well as guiding Anna is an adjunct lecturer at Richmond The American International University in London where she teaches undergraduates The History of London. 

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