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Festival of Britain

Event   From /5/1951 To /9/1951

'A tonic for the Nation', The Festival was intended to cheer us all up after WW2, and incidentally to celebrate the centenary of the 1851 Great Exhibition.

All the Festival buildings on the south bank except the Royal Festival Hall have since been demolished and replaced by other buildings forming the much-loved (British irony) arts complex known as The South Bank. The Festival of Britain was a nationwide event with two other sites in London: the Pleasure Gardens in Battersea and the Live Architecture Exhibition in Poplar, originally 'Neighbourhood 9' but then renamed the 'Lansbury Estate', after George Lansbury.  Diamond Geezer and Caroline's Miscellany have both done good posts about this Estate.

The Festival Pleasure Gardens were installed in the northern part of Battersea Park.   These included a water-garden and a tree-walk.   There was also a fun fair on the section between Central Avenue and what is now the children's zoo.  The BBC has photos of many of the items.

The symbol for the Festival was designed by Abram Games, a skilled and witty graphic artist whose name crops up all through this period.  Basically he drew the '50s for us.

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Dome of Discovery

{The plaque is laid flat on the ground.} This commemorative plaque was set i...

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Festival of Britain - Arts

The relief shows the Royal Festival Hall, surrounded by a violin, saxophone, ...

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Festival of Britain - London Pride

London Pride. Frank Dobson CBE, RA. 1886 - 1963. Commissioned for The Festi...

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Festival of Britain - N7

We can find little information about this "award for Merit" but other similar...

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Festival of Britain - Science

The relief shows a pair of compasses, globe, hour-glass, rolled document, anc...

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