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Prince Albert’s Vision: then and now

Dates
19 June 2022, 1:00pm

Venue
Performance Hall

Tickets
Free, but required

Registration for this event will be via Eventbrite from 25 May.

Visit the Great Exhibition Road Festival website for more information. 

 

Prince Albert’s Vision: then and now

19 June 2022, 1:00pm

Venue
Performance Hall

Tickets
Free, but required

Registration for this event will be via Eventbrite from 25 May.

Visit the Great Exhibition Road Festival website for more information. 

 

Explore Prince Albert’s radical vision to create a cultural quarter and super-university in South Kensington.

The Great Exhibition of 1851, in London's Hyde Park, was a resounding success: visited by some six million people and making a profit of £186,000. Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's Consort, who had been deeply involved in the Exhibition, had strong views about how these proceeds should be spent.

His vision was for them to be used to turn South Kensington into a mixture of cultural quarter and super-university, celebrating and studying science, technology, design and the arts. Today's internationally renowned museums, galleries, universities, colleges and learned societies on Exhibition Road were the indirect result.

Join Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, former Rector of the Royal College of Art, and Professor Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music, as they discuss this astonishing legacy and explore which aspects of Prince Albert's original vision have come true, and which haven't.

Plan your visit

Royal College of Music
Prince Consort Road
London SW7 2BS

Find out more

   South Kensington: 0.5 miles
   Gloucester Road: 0.6 miles
   High Street Kensington: 0.8 miles

   Paddington: 1.5 miles
   Victoria: 2 miles

   Santander Cycles docking station and public cycle locking facilities adjacent to RCM

The RCM provides light refreshments throughout the year. There is also a range of restaurants, cafés and other establishments nearby, most adjacent to South Kensington station.

RCM Café

The RCM Café serves barista-style coffees, sandwiches, snacks, salads and hot food. There is also access to outside seating in our new 1851 courtyard.

Opening hours: 

Monday-Friday: 8.30am-4.30pm

Saturday: 8.30am-4.30pm (term time only)

Find out more

The main entrance to the RCM has eight steps up from the pavement and two inside the main doors. A lift is available for visitors with limited mobility. The lift is built into the smaller staircase to the left of the main entrance steps. There is an intercom button on the control panel, which can be seen and reached easily from the street. On arrival, press the buzzer to notify a member of RCM staff, who will come out to meet you and operate the lift for you.

All our event venues can be accessed by visitors with limited mobility via the lift at the main entrance.