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The Story of Crystal Palace Ian Gledhill Thursday 27 June 2019

10.30AM

CHALFONT ST PETER COMMUNITY CENTRE

Originally designed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, then transported to Sydenham and rebuilt and enlarged, the Crystal Palace was Joseph Paxton's masterpiece, and was the largest iron and glass building ever constructed.  It dominated the south London skyline for over 80 years until its tragic destruction by fire in 1936.  This is its story.

Ian began his career as an engineer, designing extensions to the London Underground. However, most of his working life has been spent in the theatre,  mainly in opera and musical theatre, as a director, set designer and opera translator. Ian has also worked in television, music publishing, travel and tourism.