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Festival of Britain


London 1951 - Festival of Britain - in colour


Festival of Britain, Bay of Pigs Invasion and more | British Pathé


London 1951 - Royals at the Festival of Britain - in colour


Festival of Britain Closes - 1951 | Movietone Moment | 30 September 16


1951 Festival of Britain, Colour Home Movie Footage

The Festival of Britain was a national exhibition and fair that reached millions of visitors throughout the United Kingdom in the summer of 1951. Historian Kenneth O. Morgan says the Festival was a "triumphant success" as people:flocked to the South Bank site, to wander around the Dome of Discovery, gaze at the Skylon, and generally enjoy a festival of national celebration. Up and down the land, lesser festivals enlisted much civic and voluntary enthusiasm. A people curbed by years of total war and half-crushed by austerity and gloom, showed that it had not lost the capacity for enjoying itself....Above all, the Festival made a spectacular setting as a showpiece for the inventiveness and genius of British scientists and technologists.
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