Letter: Victorian value

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The Independent Online
Sir: You report (14 January) that the Millennium Exhibition will cost pounds 580m, will expect 10 million visitors and may make a loss.

The Great Exhibition of 1851 cost pounds 14.8m (at 1997 prices) all subscribed by the private sector, received 6,039,145 visitors and made a profit of pounds 8.2m, still being applied to charitable purposes.

An odious comparison indeed!

PATRICK MIDDLETON

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

London SW7

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