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The Festival of Britain

The Festival of Britain was a national showcase for British achievements in the arts, architecture, science and technology held in 1951. We hold the records of the Festival Office, which commissioned designers, artists and builders to bring the plans to life.

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The National Archives has a wealth of documents, photographs and art work collected during the planning and running of the influential 1951 Festival of Britain.