Beacon for Change

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The 1951 Festival of Britain brought a breath of excitement and optimism to the drab post-war years of rationing and austerity. This absorbing book explores the intentions of its creators, charts the effect of its satellite festivals all over Britain, and records how it transformed London's South Bank with buildings such as the Royal Festival Hall and the futuristic Skylon, spawned the Miss World contest, introduced Britons to Scandinavian design ... and offered them their first experience of soft lavatory paper.

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Beacon for Change

Beacon for Change

How the 1951 Festival of Britain Helped to Shape a New Age

Aurum2011

Hardback294pp Illustrated222x140mm

9781845135249     Product Code: 217884

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The 1951 Festival of Britain brought a breath of excitement and optimism to the drab post-war years of rationing and austerity. This absorbing book explores the intentions of its creators, charts the effect of its satellite festivals all over Britain, and records how it transformed London's South Bank with buildings such as the Royal Festival Hall and the futuristic Skylon, spawned the Miss World contest, introduced Britons to Scandinavian design ... and offered them their first experience of soft lavatory paper.

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