ALISON SMITH: This room contains artworks ranging from 1840 through to 1890. So we’re really talking about works produced during the reign of Queen Victoria. NARRATOR: Curator Alison Smith. Queen Victoria acceded to the throne in 1837, and reigned for 63 years, until her death in 1901. Her reign, the longest by any British monarch, coincided with a period of dramatic change in the fields of industry, politics, science as well as culture. ALSION SMITH: The Victorian era also witnessed a time of the Great Exhibitions, and when images were disseminated through reproductive media, initially engravings but by the end of the century photographs. NARRATOR: The Great Exhibition of 1851 was the great artistic event of the time, a vast exhibition where art was displayed alongside industrial technology, design and objects from around the world. The exhibits were packed in tightly, like in art exhibitions of the period, a style reflected in the hang of this gallery. Alison Smith. ALISON SMITH: In this exhibition space, we’ve have tried to recapture the feel of a Victorian exhibition gallery with works densely hung in two tiers.