Thursday, April 14, 2011

Festival of Britain


This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, which opened on 3 May 1951. The purpose of the festival was to show the world the British contribution to civilisation - past, present and future - in the arts, in science and in industrial design. The festival signalled Britain's revival after the war and aimed to present to the world and its own people a modern Britain, building a better future.
Festival events took place across Great Britain, ranging from village fetes and local arts festivals to an exhibition of heavy industry in Glasgow and a live architecture exhibition in east London. London's South Bank was the focus of festival celebrations where 22 pavilions told the story of the British people and their achievements. Memorable features included the futuristic Dome of Discovery, the striking 'Skylon' structure and the newly constructed Royal Festival Hall.
The Library is currently displaying a number of original catalogues from the Festival in the top floor display case, all showcasing the distinction Festival of Britain typographic style. The National Archives has also released a podcast that explores the history and legacy of the Festival