Mile End,Workmen's & Apprentice Industrial Exhibition
The People's Palace at Mile End was originally built in 1886 and was one of the last of the great Victorian People's Palaces to be created. Designed by E. R. Robson and funded by a legacy of Barbara Beaumont, it was created to bring new and dynamic cultural opportunities to the people of East London. The First World War and a huge fire in 1931 caused real problems for this mission, but the People's Palace was rebuilt and reopened in 1936. Boasting one of the largest stages in London, the magnificent 770-seat Great Hall became home to a rich tapestry of orchestral concerts and became one of London's top venues.
Sir Edmund Hay Currie (1834 -1913) was a businessman, philanthropist and educationist.
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