The great exhibiton

In 1851 Britain had reached the pinnacle of technological superiority. The newly appointed Prince Albert of Germany wished to hold an exhibition that would create "a new starting point from which all nations would be able to direct further exertions." In other words, The Great Exhibition would set a new standard for all nations wishing to compete in the technological spectrum. Another reason for Albert's desire to hold an exhibition of the works of industry was to create free trade and capitalism. The English Prince wanted to educate people and bring together all the quarters of the globe. The Exhibition also enabled nationalism to flourish; causing Britons to be proud and patriotic about their nation's achievements.
However, when Prince Albert's idea of holding "The Great Exhibition" came into circulation much controversy and opposition was caused. Luddites or people opposed to technological development violently disagreed with the idea. A portion of the British public disliked Albert due to his German origin and thus disliked his idea of holding the Great Exhibition. The nature conscious segments of British society were negatively disposed to the idea as they feared it would "mutilate and turn Hyde Park into a monstrosity." People also feared that the Exhibition would attract vagrants. However, none of these fears and apprehensions proved to be a barrier as all were taken into consideration, with the peoples concerns at heart. In keeping with Hyde Park's flora and general beauty, architect Joseph Paxton was hired. Paxton incorporated trees into the central design of the Great Exhibition. He also created a circular roof similar to the Great Conservatory at Chatsworth, and utilized materials such as glass and steal so as to minimize the impact on Hyde Park and its surroundings. After viewing Albert's and Paxton's plans, people opposed to Albert and the Exhibition settle…


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