Skip to main content
Modules
Courses / Modules / HIST3225 The Great Exhibition of 1851 Part one: Art, Industry and the making of a Nation

The Great Exhibition of 1851 Part one: Art, Industry and the making of a Nation

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
30
ECTS points
15
Level
Level 6
Module lead
Eleanor Quince
Academic year
2021-22

Module overview

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations was an international exhibition which took place in Hyde Park, London, from 1st May to 11th October 1851. It was arguably the greatest of a series of international ‘expositions’ run throughout the nineteenth century, celebrating scientific and technological innovation, design aesthetic and the might of manufacturing. On show were some 13,000 objects from Britain, the Colonies and forty-four other nations. The Exhibition and the Crystal Palace which housed it became a British icon, symbolising free trade and national success. During its six month opening period, over six million people visited the Exhibition, turning London, in the words of the Illustrated London News, from ‘the capital of a great nation, [into] the metropolis of the world’. The effects of the Exhibition were enormous and felt well into the twentieth century and beyond. But why was the Great Exhibition so important? How did it become a turning point for the nation? And what exactly has its legacy been?

Back to top