Remnants of the Great Exhibition can also be found in museum collections like MoDA's. As I'm sure you are aware from previous blog posts, we have been undertaking conservation and documentation work on the Charles Hasler Collection to make it available online and to visitors to the study room. It should come as no surprise that Hasler also collected 1851 exhibition-related material. He had a keen interest in it because of the role he played in the centenary event: The 1951 Exhibition on the Southbank. Hasler donated the majority of his Great Exhibition material to the University of Reading in 1966. MoDA received the rest of his archive in the late 1990s, which included some Great Exhibition items like the poster and lithograph shown above and also a few souvenirs such as this jug and envelope set.
|Commemorative jug from the Great Exhibition, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, CH/5/7/2/1|