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Religion and the Great Exhibition of 1851

Geoffrey Cantor


New research challenges the standard portrayal of the Great Exhibition as a manifestly secular event confined to celebrating the success of science, technology, and manufacturing. This innovative reappraisal demonstrates that the Exhibition was widely understood by contemporaries to possess a religious dimension and generated controversy among religious groups. To popular acclaim Prince Albert bestowed legitimacy on the Exhibition by proclaiming it to be a display of divine providence. Others, however, interpreted the Exhibition as a sign of the coming Apocalypse. With anti-Catholic feeling ru ... More

Keywords: Anti-Catholicism, British and Foreign Bible Society, evangelicalism, Great Exhibition, periodical press, Prince Albert, Protestantism, Religious Tract Society, sermons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199596676
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Cantor, author
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University College, London
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