Nothing, possibly, symbolises the pride of the Victorian age more than the Great Exhibit of 1851. It was a shameless display screen of the success of the mother country to the British Empire and the world. It was a happy and victorious moment that, in numerous methods, has actually never been equalled. It was organised by Henry Cole, best known as the innovator of the Christmas card, and Prince Albert, and it was gone to by royalty, by leading figures in literature and science, and by six million British individuals, a 3rd of the population of Britain at the time. Entryway prices differed from three guineas (about ₤ 275 in contemporary money) to one shilling (about ₤ 4.35).
The exhibition was opened by Queen Victoria on May Day 1851 and it ran till 15 October. Queen Victoria and the royal family went to 3 times throughout the 6 month run.
The Great Exhibition, in Hyde Park, London, was housed in a special structure designed by Joseph Paxton assisted by structural engineer Charles Fox. The huge glass house came to be called the Crystal Palace or the Excellent Shalimar.It was 1848 feet (about 563 metres) long by 454 feet (about 138 metres) wide, almost 80,000 sq m.
Inside the exhibition was organized so that the best British exhibitions were most plainly on screen. To amuse visitors while walking the exhibition a variety of church organs were installed, the biggest called the Leviathan, the biggest organ worldwide, developed by a British builder, had 4474 pipes and 77 stops. The Centre Transept also housed a circus and was the scene of bold tasks by world famous acts such as the tightrope walker Blondin.
There were also areas for programs such as cat programs, canine programs, pigeon shows, honey and flowers. A charge of 1d (one penny) was made for the usage of the toilets, and it has actually been suggested that this was accountable for the euphemism “investing a cent” indicating to go to the toilet.
Full-size, living elm trees in the park were enclosed within the central exhibition hall and there was a 27-foot tall Crystal Fountain.
The Exhibition, in normal Victorian performance, earned a profit of ₤ 186,000, over ₤ 16m in today’s terms, and this was used to found the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.
Not everybody agreed with holding the exhibit. Some believed it might cause violence and disorder, while the communist, Karl Marx, saw it as an outrageous display screen of industrialism.