International Exhibition of Industries and Arts - London 1862

Industry and Art

May 1, 1862 - November 1, 1862


* Official name: London International Exhibition on Industry and Art 1862
* Category: World's Fair
* Project start: 1858
* Construction began: 9 March 1861
* Duration: 1 June - 1 November 1862 (184 days)
* Location: South Kensington, on the site of the Royal Horticultural Society
* Exhibition area: 12.5 hectares
* Emblem: Exhibition hall with the two largest domes in the world
* Innovations: Babbage's calculating machine, the use of rubber in the manufacture of elastics, the Bessemer process for the manufacture of steel
* Organisation: Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Trade; from 1861 a Royal Commission
* Chairman: Earl Granville
* Architect: Captain Francis Fowke
* Exhibitors: approx. 29,000, of which 9,000 from Great Britain and 2,600 from the British colonies
* Foreign countries participating: 36
* Visitors: 6.1 million
* Entry fee: variable, from one shilling to one pound sterling
* Expenditure: £458,842
* Income: £459,632
* Profits: £790
* Classification: 4 sections, 40 classes
* Jury: 296 British and 271 foreign members, divided between the 36 industrial and agricultural classes
* Awards: 7,000 medals and 5,300 honourable mentions