The Royal Albert Hall was inspired by Prince Albert, a man who held a great affinity for the arts. Following the success of the Great Exhibition in 1851, Albert envisioned the creation of some permanent facilities to promote public exposure to the arts. He planned to call his ‘haven of the arts’ Albertopolis, and in response to his plans, the Exhibition’s Royal Commission bought Gore House–one time home of William Wilberforce–and its surrounding grounds. Although Prince Albert had set the wheels in motion in 1851, at his untimely death ten years later, little progress had been made. Reacting the prince’s...

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