Inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Festival of Britain
followed soon after the austerity of the war years. The major
events were focused around the twenty-seven-acre bomb site around
Waterloo Station, although events happened throughout the UK. The
Festival was almost immediately unfashionable amongst commentators.
It was viewed with suspicion by political conservatives and quickly
dismantled. An establishment orthodoxy quickly emerged that called
into question the Festival's objectives. This political ambivalence
towards the Festival is confounded by the popularity of the
Festival amongst collectors, social historians and anybody
interested in post-war British culture and society. This book is
the first to present the story of the Festival of Britain, held in
1951, through its souvenirs. These objects were produced to
commemorate The Tonic to the Nation. Retrospectively, they testify
to the enormous popular appeal of the Festival. Festival of Britain
1951, the most recent addition to
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