A father and daughter looking inside a display cabinet. The daughter points at the objects inside the cabinet

Room 47

Europe 1800–1900

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The 19th century saw unprecedented economic growth in Europe, accompanied by immense social and political upheavals.

For Britain, the 19th century was a period of stability and industrial supremacy. On the continent, France underwent three revolutions, while the second half of the century saw the unification of Germany and Italy.

The nationalist sentiment that lay behind these events often paid homage to the great ages of the past. This is reflected in the objects shown in Room 47, many of which have borrowed motifs from earlier historical periods.

During this period, international exhibitions fostered the growth of machine technology, yet traditional craftsmanship flourished alongside.

Take a virtual tour

Explore the display cases of Room 47 using Google Street View, to see a wealth of objects that showcase technological developments of the time as well stunning traditional craftsmanship.

Display case filled with ceramics, ornaments and other objects. ©2020 Google.


  • Some objects in this collection feature on the British Sign Language multimedia guide. This resource is temporarily unavailable. You can access a selection of BSL films on your own device.
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