19th Century Humanities

The Great Exhibition of 1851


1)      crystal palace Hyde Park, London   - center 

l   by hosting this exhibition, "Great Britain made clear to the world its role as industrial leader."

l   Six million people- a third of the entire population of Britain at the time—visited the exhibition.


Exhibits came, not only from throughout Britain, but also its expanding imperial colonies, such as Australia, India and New Zealand, and foreign countries, such as Denmark, France and Switzerland. 


2)      Koh-i-Noor – became part of the British Crown Jewels when East India Company seized it in 1877

the biggest diamond in the world, located in

  Andhra Pradesh India

  Hyderabad, Guntur district

3)      C.C. Hornung of Copenhagen, Denmark, showed his single-cast ironframe for a piano, the first made in Europe.

4)      Gold ornaments and silver enameled handicrafts fabricated by the Khudabadi Sindhi Swarankar --  Hindu cultural group of India--from Sindh.

5)      Spain invented the Leech Barometer, which is a barometer using leeches to find out whether a storm is likely to come or not. It is usually used in the seas for navigators and sailors.

6)      America’s Cup yacht event was held in the exhibition. The trophy remained in the New York Yacht Club from 1857 until 1983 when they lost it to the Royal Perth Yacht Club. This sport is competing who wins the yacht race.

7)     Tara Brooch discovered the finest Irish penanuular brooch in 1850. Penanuular brooch means clothes fasteners, often large. Like pins. But bigger. Ireland


1)      A) Which main topic does the artifact relate to? In what ways?
          This artifact is related to globalization through imperialism because the Great Exhibition is a world-wide event in which famous projects were presented in the exhibition. British wanted to spread their science and technology to the world, and expand their economy by holding this exhibition.

         B) Which other main topics does it also relate to?
          This can also relate to science and religion, because the projects presented were usually about the culture and the outstanding science foundations of each country.

2) Why did you choose this artifact, and how much time did you spend creating and/ or processing it?
     I chose this artifact because a google earth tour gives an exact location of a certain event, where you can run around the entire globe and show the story you want to tell. I spent two to three hours creating this project.

3) What insights and understanding have you gained from the creation and/or processing of this artifact?
    This artifact made me understand the minds of the Britain as they sought for ways of imperialism.
4) Does this artifact reflect your best work and/or ideas? Why, or why not?
      This artifact reflects my best work because it allows me to research on the topics I am interested in and makes me learn more if I do so.

5) Rate this artifact on a scale of -5 to 5 for the following 4 criterion:   
            A) impact on the quality of your portfolio                          4   
            B) Impact on your level of happiness/enjoyment                4   
            C) impact on your learning                                               3   
            D) Level of creativity and originality                                  4
6) Any additional comments.