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The Caroline Skeel Archives Reading Room

The picture depicts a concert hall, library, gymnasium, winter garden, swimming baths, and shows an elegant grand building set in gardens.

The picture arguably shows an idealized image of the palace and the users that was envisioned.  

The site of the Bancroft Hospitals provided the location on which the People’s Palace would be built and funds from the Draper’s Company were provided towards the technical schools. Public appeals were launched to raise funds for the scheme and various public meetings took place in 1885 and 1886, supported by the Prince of Wales.

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