THE GREAT EXHIBITION 1878
THE GREAT EXHIBITION 1878 saw another influx of people searching for work. Many were disappointed and found themselves in abject poverty. In response to this a ball to raise funds for the BCF was held at the Embassy in 1878, attended by the Prince of Wales.
Severe winters and cholera epidemics between 1881 and 1886 followed when food and fuel costs spiraled and contributions poured in from donors in both France and the UK, including Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales.