Sublime Structures at Crystal Palace Park

About Sublime Structures at Crystal Palace Park

Monty the dog with the Sphinx at Crystal Palace Park

The Sphinx at Crystal Palace Park

We received £29,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £10,585 from Bromley Council’s Crystal Palace Park Community Projects Fund for an important architecture education project.

This project focused on the wealth of historic and existing buildings and structures in Crystal Palace Park.

Sublime Structures at Crystal Palace Park enabled local young people and families to discover and celebrate the extraordinary legacy of design and engineering innovation found within the park.


Working with schools and families

Through primary and secondary school workshops and family days, we investigated a mixture of existing buildings, surviving features, archaeological clues and archival material including:

  • Joseph Paxton’s innovative Crystal Palace
  • the soaring Crystal Palace Transmitter – the ‘Eiffel Tower of South London’
  • the secret spaces of the Victorian Crystal Palace Station Subway and
  • the complex geometric concrete structure of the National Sports Centre.

The creation of a fun orienteering pack will be a resource for parents and carers to help families get the most from their visits to one of South London’s gems.

Research articles

We have published the fascinating articles that have been painstakingly researched and written by our wonderful team of volunteers.

Read more: Sublime Structures at Crystal Palace Park – research articles

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Read more: our schools projects 

Online teaching resources are available to help teachers to carry out work on Crystal Palace Park independently in the future. Access lesson plans here.