By Allan Fuller
May's Quiz Question was:
What major event took place in Hyde Park in the summer of 1851?
Clue, Not a Rolling Stones concert!
The Great Exhibition
The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, also known as the Great Exhibition or the Crystal Palace Exhibition (in reference to the temporary structure in which it was held), was an international exhibition which took place in Hyde Park, London, from 1 May to 15 October, 1851.
It was the first in a series of World's Fairs, exhibitions of culture and industry. The event was organised by Henry Cole and Prince Albert, husband of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom.
Famous people of the time attended the Great Exhibition, including Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Michael Faraday (who assisted with the planning and judging of exhibits), Samuel Colt, members of the Orléanist Royal Family and the writers Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, George Eliot, Alfred Tennyson and William Makepeace Thackeray.
The world's first soft drink manufacturer, Schweppes, was the official sponsor of the event.
Congratulations to Joanna Gallagher, whose name was picked out of the hat to win May's QUIZ - please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange the means of receiving the bottle of champagne.