It was organized by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, to showcase Britain to an international audience.
Although countries from around the world could display their scientific and technological achievements,
as well as works of art and craftsmanship,
it was a platform for Britain to prove its own technological superiority.
Many famous people attended, including
Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday, Karl Marx and writers like Charlotte Bronte and Charles Dickens.
Sarah mentions that Dr. Peter Parker was there:
“He also showed us a medal certifying that he was one of the contributors to the great Exhibition of 1851.”
It was sponsored by the first soft drink company, Schweppes.
The London exhibition was a great success.
Six million people attended and it earned a substantial profit.