‘Behold a New Thing in the Earth!’: Reflections on Science at the Great Exhibition

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Presenter: Geoffrey Cantor

Published: December 2012

Age: 14-19 and upwards

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Tags: Great Exhibition

Type: Lectures

Source/institution: Royal Society

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The Great Exhibition of 1851 has routinely been portrayed as a celebration of science, technology, and manufacturing. However, for many contemporaries – including Prince Albert – it was a deeply religious event. In analysing responses to the Exhibition, we shall examine the complex and fascinating relations between science, technology and religion at the start of the high Victorian period.