|Worlds Fair Crystal Palace
During the 1800’s Great Britain’s empire stretched around the world, and with raw
materials easily available to them this way, they inevitably began refining and
manufacturing all stages of many new machines and other goods, distributing locally and
However, despite being the central ‘workshop of the world,’ Britain was not
producing the highest quality of merchandise. When comparing factory-made products
made in England to surrounding countries, most notably France, those products could not
compare as far as craftsmanship and sometimes, simply innovation.
It was suggested by Cole and supported by Prince Albert that England host a sort
of free-for-all technological exposition to bring in outside crafts into the country. These
planners supported free trade, thinking that if local business was exposed to foreign-made
goods, they could incorporate those new ideas into their own goods, increasing their
Though originally int...