Friday, 8 July 2011

The Festival of Britain

During our day out in London the other week, we stopped in to see the Festival of Britain exhibition at the Southbank Centre.

Planned as 'a tonic to the nation' after the dark days of the war, the exhibition took place in 1951 and showcased the best new British design.

Although fairly small, the exhibition has a great collection of items from the festival. One of the highlights is a quilt with patches representing each of the hundred years that had passed since the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Centre stage is the 1950s living room, put together by Homes & Antiques magazine. So many classic pieces, that remain just as covetable today. (Pictures from Homes & Antiques magazine.)

And, lo and behold, what did I find in the charity shop the next week. A little souvenir Festival of Britain shot glass. I've never come across anything from the festival before, so it was a shock to find this little thing for 25p.

Linking to Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures.


Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

I'm really looking forward to seeing this, I love mid-century style. Somehow suspect my children will be less enamoured of looking round an old living room though!

lost property vintage said...

Hi Lakota - yeah, it's probably not the most fun exhibition for kids. It's fairly small though, so you won't be there too long, if that's any help!

John Nicholson said...

Lost and found. I have that very Ernest Race metal armchair that was in the FoB. I think my father Roger Nicholson and my uncle Robert Nicholson were in some way involved in setting up this display and managed to acquire m any of the exhibits afterwards, that adorned our house at Sissinghurst in Kent through my childhood. John Nicholson