Notes on the Geography of The United Kingdom: London 4: Albertopolis: Photo 24
To mark Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887, a Colonial and Indian Exhibition was staged in 1886. Was it to be ephemeral? Tennyson, the poet laureate, hoped not. "Raise a stately memorial," he wrote, "Some Imperial Institute/ Rich in symbol and ornament/ Which may speak to the centuries." The result was the Imperial Institute of 1893, a massive building with a facade 700 feet long. It was demolished in 1957, but this central tower survives as the Queen's Tower or Collcutt Tower after its designer. Imperial College today occupies the site of the Imperial Institute, while the Institute lives on under another name. From 1962 to 2002 it was the Commonwealth Institute; since then, it has been the Commonwealth Education Trust.
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