Episode 54: The Festival of Britain
What was the Festival of Britain and was it a success?
Hear how the festival planted the seeds for optimism in post war Britain and how Londoners are still benefiting from its legacy.
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- March 1948 - Festival of Britain Office was established
- 3 May 1951 - Opening of the Festival Hall
- 4 May 1951 - Official opening of the Festival of Britain
- September -1951 End of the Festival of Britain
Films featuring the Festival of Britain
The Happy Family
This comedy film centres on popular resistance to the destruction of the festival site after the closure of the exhibition.
Prick Up Your Ears, 1987
The Festival of Britain is featured in the early sections of the film, providing the backdrop to post-war literary and performance culture.
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