The Great Exhibition

December 3, 2013 | | Comments Off on The Great Exhibition

In 1851 in Hyde Park, London, England, the Crystal Palace was built to hold Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations. The Palace was thought out and organized by Henry Cole and Prince Albert. The purpose of the Crystal Palace at this exhibit was to show the grand scheme of the British empire, and all that they had succeeded in doing during the Industrial Revolution. The massive glass house stood 1851 feet long and 454 feet wide. The structure was made out of entirely cast iron frame and glass. Both of these materials came directly from Birmingham and Smethwick, again to show how grand England was.


Over six million people came from around the world to visit the Great Exhibition. The event itself made 186,00 pounds which is today equivalent to 17,240,000 pounds. Today, the massive exhibition is seen as a symbol of the Victorian Age of England.

Outside view of the Crystal Palace

Outside view of the Crystal Palace

A few of the exhibits that were featured were:

The Printing Machine

The Printing Machine

Koh-i-Noor diamond

Koh-i-Noor diamond

French Scuptures

French Scuptures

Carriages and saddlery

Carriages and Saddlery

Overall, the Great Exhibition, which today is more commonly known as the Crystal Palace Exhibition was a great successes for London, and showed off the things that they had produced from their Industrial Revolution time.

Written by: Kellyn Staneart


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