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A Celebration of A Tonic to the Nation: 50 years from 1951 to 2001
CLICK: FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN' 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTABLES FROM THE ROYAL MAIL.
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50 years ago this very week (in chronological order of their opening):
Stratford-on-Avon Arts Festival continues. 1851 Centenary Exhibition at the V. & A., South Kensington continues. Festival Pleasure Gardens at Battersea continue. Exhibition of Architecture, Lansbury continues. South Bank Exhibition, Waterloo continues. Science Exhibition continues at the Science Museum, South Kensington. Books Exhibition continues at the V. & A., South Kensington. Industrial Power Exhibition, Glasgow continues. Ulster Farm & Factory Exhibition, Belfast continues. 'Living Traditions' Exhibition, Edinburgh continues. Brighton Arts Festival continues. Canterbury Arts Festival continues. Liverpool Arts Festival continues. Pageant of Wales continues at Cardiff. Cambridge Arts Festival continues. Aberdeen Arts Festival continues. Festival Ship "Campania" continues at Cardiff. 3.8.51: 18th Century Books Exhibition opens at Edinburgh 4.8.51: Land Travelling Exhibition opens at Bingley Hall, Birmingham (present day multi-cultural West Midlands 'capital'!)
1951= over 10,000,000 paid admissions to 6 exhibitions in only 5 months :
Architecture Exhibition, Lansbury/Poplar (London) : 86,646
Industrial Power Exhibition, Glasgow : 282,039
Science Exhibition, South Kensington (London) : 213,744
South Bank Exhibition, Waterloo (London) : 8,455,863*
* visitors from London = 36.5%, outside London= 56%, overseas = 7.5%
Land Travelling Exhibition: 462,289 (the most popular was Leeds)
Festival Ship "Campania": 889,792 (the most popular was Newcastle)
& the Festival Pleasure Gardens, Battersea (London) : 8,031,000**
** visitors from London = 76.0%, outside London = 22%,overseas = 2.0%
Ulster Farm & Factory Exhibition, Belfast: 156,760
'Living Traditions' Exhibition, Edinburgh: 135,000
Exhibition of Books, South Kensington (London): 63,162
- not counting all the local celebrations in other cities, towns and villages!
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"I HOPE THAT IN EMPHASISING OUR ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT YOU WILL STRESS NO LESS SHARPLY OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE FUTURE. THEN THE FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN 1951 MAY PROVE TO BE NOT SIMPLY AN END IN ITSELF, BUT A BEGINNING OF MANY GOOD THINGS."
(H.R.H. PRINCESS ELIZABETH, PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS ADDRESSING THE FIRST MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN IN MAY 1948.)
"MDCCCLI CIVIUM INDUSTRIA FLORET CIVITAS MCMLI"
("1851 By the industry of its people the State flourishes 1951")
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THREE 'FESTIVAL' FILMS IN ONE VIDEO FOR SALE: £14.20!
YB26 A Tonic To The Nation. This video contains three films commissioned for the 1951 Festival of Britain "Brief City" (COI, b. & w., 18 minutes) and "London in Festival Year" (COI, colour, 9 minutes) covering the capital's centrepiece of the 1951 Festival of Britain - the main Exhibition site on the South Bank of the River Thames. "Family Portrait" (COI, b. & w., 24 minutes); the last film directed by Humphrey Jennings, employing everything from Beachy Head, Household Cavalry, Penicillin, Captain Cook, to the throb of industry in his best post war film.
HOW TO ORDER: This excellent video is available on VHS PAL format only. Send a cheque for £14.20 per tape made payable to "Beulah" to : Beulah, 18-20 St. Dunstan's Road, London SE25 6EU or make a Mastercard or Visa credit card payment on line through the "Beulah" web site on: http://www.eavb.co.uk/video/index.html#YB26
THE REST OF THIS SITE'S CONTENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Try the Victorian Web : www.thecore.nus.edu.sg/landow/victorian/technology/packer/merryweather.html
LIST OF 38 FESTIVAL CENTRES FOR 55 PRINCIPAL EVENTS : ALL THE DATES AND THE PLACES
the following two pages are not currently available; 1951 Festival postcard images available on application.
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BRITISH MOTORCYCLE ADVERTISEMENTS FROM THE SOUTH BANK EXHIBITION DISPLAY
* including the 403 mph "Railton Mobil Special", the world land speed record holder from 1947 to 1964!
CLICK ON THE ABOVE PICTURE FOR A TOUR OF THE SOUTH BANK'S DOME OF DISCOVERY*
(* nearly 100 feet high, 365 feet across, 24 tubular steel supports, 232 tons tons of aluminium/133 tons of steel!)
Reference material on General Lord Ismay, Herbert Morrison, Gerald Barry, Hugh Casson, Laurie Lee etc: the media and students are more than welcome to use any of this reference material, but it should be credited to the authors. In case anyone wonders why I do NOT include Michael Frayn's 'classic' "Festival" from the 5s Penguin book "Age of Austerity 1945 - 1951" published in 1963: this has been (mis)quoted so many times by different commentators on the Festival of Britain, its so-called 'Herbivores' and 'Carnivores' have become cliches, but if you really want to read it, then please send me a large S.A.E. with a cheque payment for £1.00 to cover the photocopying of 12 x A4 pages.
For research purposes, I recommend "Ephemeral vistas: The Expositions Universelles, Great Exhibitions, and World's Fairs, 1851 - 1939" by Paul Greenhalgh (Manchester University Press, 1988): 'phone no. 0161 273 5539
Also recommended "Building A Better Tomorrow: Architecture in the 1950's" by Robert Elwall, R.I.B.A. and Wiley-Academy, 2000) @ £24.95 : 'phone no. (01243) 779777 or firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.wiley.co.uk
Also recommended "Arts and Cultures The History of the 50 Years of the Arts Council of Great Britain" by Andrew Sinclair (Sinclair-Stevenson, 1995) for Chapter 3: "Few, but Roses" on the Festival of Britain's Arts Festivals.
Strongly recommended "Hugh Casson A Biography" by Jose Manser (Viking, 2000) for Chapter 6 on the F.o.B.
CLICK ABOVE FOR MY AWFUL ARTICLE ON THE FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN IN BIRMINGHAM!
see: www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/findaids/barry.htm for more information on Sir Gerald Barry (1898 - 1968)
THE FESTIVAL PLEASURE GARDENS PAPER! : www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/pub/html/thm/gardens.html
THE GUINNESS FESTIVAL CLOCK 'ORIGINAL' WEB SITE: http://website.lineone.net/~tony344/
or the Guinness Collectors Club/the Festival Clock: http://www.guinnesscollectorsclub.co.uk/guinness-festival.asp
HAVE A GOOD LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES: http://jwgibbs.cchem.berkeley.edu/nimrod AND
http://jwgibbs.cchem.berkeley.edu/science1951/ FOR THE SCIENCE EXHIBITION, 1951 (CALIFORNIA!)
SEE MICHAEL LEAPMAN'S GREAT NEW BOOK "THE WORLD FOR A SHILLING (HOW THE GREAT EXHIBITION OF 1851 SHAPED A NATION ") PUB. BY "HEADLINE" APRIL 2001 FOR CHAPTER ELEVEN "THE LEGACY" FOR DEVASTING CRITICISM OF THE MILLENNIUM DOME, 2000 WHICH DID NOT SHAPE A NATION. IT SHOULD BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH "REGENERATION: THE STORY OF THE DOME" BY ADAM NICHOLSON (PUBLISHED BY "HARPERCOLLINS" IN 1999) AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY JUSTIFIABLY REMAINDERED!
IF YOU WANT TO RECALL THE DOME, TRY http://jwgibbs.cchem.berkeley.edu/~pete/Millennium/
CLICK HERE AND READ PATIENCE WHEATCROFT'S COMMENTS ON THE MILLENNIUM DOME:
Click on some essential reading from "The Guardian" :
CLICK HERE FOR INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS: 1924 - 1951
CLICK HERE TO 'TOUR' THE SOUTH BANK EXHIBITION, 1951
CLICK HERE TO 'TOUR' ENGLAND, WALES, SCOTLAND, AND N.IRELAND IN 1951 - USING THE "ABOUT BRITAIN" GUIDES
This web site is dedicated to the treasured memories of P.D.S. Packer (22.7.11 to 18.4.81) and W.G.Palmer (23.12.22 to 20.1.99) by Martin, Christine, Robin and Rowena Packer.