Stately pleasure domes - nationhood, monarchy and industry: the celebration exhibition in Britain


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Philips, Deborah (2004) Stately pleasure domes - nationhood, monarchy and industry: the celebration exhibition in Britain Leisure Studies, 23 (2). pp. 95-108. ISSN 1466-4496

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The Stately Pleasure Dome, the state sponsored national exhibition, offers a moment at which a sense of national identity is publicly declared and presented as cause for national celebration. This paper charts the shifts in the mechanisms for funding, the framing of the 'British people', industry and the role of the monarch at three distinct historical moments. In case studies of the Great Exhibition, the Festival of Britain and the Millennium Experience, the paper assesses how each exhibition conceived the leisure experience of a good day out. The paper suggests that while each exhibition claimed historical continuity, the constructions of the British people, the monarchy and the nation change. The different modes of funding and the public participation in each event demonstrate that while they are presented as unchanging, there are clear revisions in the way that these concepts are understood. While the Great Exhibition could celebrate Queen and Empire without question, these terms needed to be reconfigured in the post-Second World War moment of the Festival of Britain, and still further in the globalized world of the new millennium.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: National exhibitions, Public celebrations
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/0261436042000224473
Faculties: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics > Media Research Brighton
Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Helen Webb
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2015 08:23

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