The Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences Opening
The Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences opened on March 29th in 1871.
Following the successful Great Exhibition (meant to showcase modern industrial technology) which took place at the Crystal Palace in London in 1851, Prince Albert, the Prince Consort to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, proposed building a series of facilities accessible to the public.
Prince Albert died in 1861, and did not see the completed hall.
The venue did however become host to a number of prominent international exhibitions promoting the Arts and Sciences, trade fairs, as well as sporting competitions, political gatherings, and cultural events featuring entertainment performances of all kinds, from movie premieres and book signings, to graduations and charity concerts. It is also home to the prestigious Royal Choral Society, the longest-running act.