1851 Great Exhibition

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1851 Great Exhibition

  • Lady Cadet Elizabeth Teasdale presenting on the Heavenly Promises of Victorian Astronomy
  • Gentleman Cadet Carsten MacLean presenting on the Triumphs and Terrors of Polar Exploration
  • Lady Cadet Rikki Bell presents on the Moral Morass of Vivisection
  • Lady Cadet Nathalie Pauwels presents on the Fresh Discoveries of Palaeontology
  • Gentleman Cadet Edward Woolley presents on the Winding Paths of African Exploration
  • Gentleman Cadet Gordon Hallam presents on the Heady Science of Phrenology
  • Gentleman Cadet Kyle Reed presents the Optimism of Victorian Eugenics

Welcome to the 1851 Great Exhibition! At the end of Fall term, Dr. Behrisch Elce's English class, Science and Literature in the 19th Century, put on a series of public presentations on nineteenth-century science, harkening back to the original Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, which was held in Hyde Park (London) from May to October of 1851. With Queen Victoria herself acting as Master of Ceremonies, students covered a variety of topics, from the horrors of vivisection to the challenges of African exploration, capturing their audience's imagination with practical demonstrations, well-prepared orations and unique visual aids. Each topic helped students gain perspective on the atmosphere of scientific discovery in the time period, complementing the many different texts that were studied throughout the semester.

OCdt Rikki Bell displays her anatomical drawings of a rabbit
In Prince Albert's absence, Queen Victoria presides
OCdt Edward Woolley recounts his adventures in Africa
OCdt Kyle Reed outlines the history of Eugenics to the audience
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