The Exhibition: Close and Retrospect

Geoffrey Cantor

in Religion and the Great Exhibition of 1851

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596676
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725685 | DOI:
The Exhibition: Close and Retrospect

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The first half of this chapter addresses the role of religion in the closing ceremonies and how the religious periodical press assessed the place of the Exhibition in contemporary history. In the second half the responses of the various Christian sects and denominations are reviewed in order to show that although some religious groups were among the Exhibition's sternest critics, others (especially, Congregationalists, Quakers, and Broad Anglicans) were among its most ardent supporters. This diversity is important in showing that there was no single ‘Christian response’ to the Exhibition. Overall it is argued that religion was a highly significant factor in understanding contemporary responses to the most prominent event of the mid‐nineteenth century.

Keywords: Broad Anglicans; Congregationalists; denominations; diversity; Great Exhibition; periodical press; Quakers

Chapter.  7948 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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