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http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/domecam/default.htm

(above:great british music but what a shame about the Millennium Dome)

FIVE LETTERS IN "THE TIMES" ON THE MILLENNIUM DOME: SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 1999

updated 21.12.06; to contact The Festival of Britain Society, you should phone either: 02392 665630 or 0208 471 2165.

A FINAL REQUEST FOR BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON THE LATE DR. FRANCIS CRICK, O.M. (1962 CO-NOBEL LAUREATE FOR PHYSIOLOGY OR MEDICINE, FOR STRUCTURE OF D.N.A.:

SEE THE NEW FRANCIS CRICK WEB PAGE BY CLICKING HERE.

Max Nicholson : "It had to be a British affair and therefore it had to be rather concentrated on the arts and sciences. And above all, because Herbert Morrison was in it, he wanted the British people to have fun. He wanted it to be a fun thing, which made it unique I think among all the great exhibitions. He wanted the people to participate in it, he didn't want it to be a 'them and us' affair. He wanted the teaching side of it, which was about science and so on, to be played down, and a great deal of jam spread over the pill." (Max Nicholson, born 12.7.1904 & died 26.4.2003)

www.abramgames.com/ for the new Abram Games web site, including the 1951 Festival of Britain.

"The Exhibitions, the Arts Festivals, and all the other activities of the Festival are designed and organised to show the achievements in all fields of activity of the United Kingdom solely. We are not holding an international festival - or even a Commonwealth festival. The Festival of Britain is British in the purest sense of the word." (Lord Ismay, 1951)

CLICK HERE TO 'TOUR' THE SOUTH BANK EXHIBITION, 1951!

http://www.c20society.org.uk/ for Twentieth Century Architecture 5.(pub. 2001)

CLICK: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, STEPHEN BAYLEY ON THE FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN AND THE MILLENNIUM DOME : AS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2001 FOR "HISTORY TODAY" MAGAZINE!

AN EXHIBITION IN 1951   TO THE EDITOR OF "THE TIMES"   Sir,- In six years we shall celebrate the anniversary of the first occasion when the British Empire displayed to the world the results of its industrial enterprise. Could we not now begin to plan a Great Exhibition for 1951?   By that time the period of shortages should be over, and we could show, for the benefit of our trade and national prestige, our new mastery of industrial art. The next six years afford a great opportunity for our designers and manufacturers to be inventive, and for our statesmen to be far-sighted. Is it too early to begin making plans now for 1951?

Yours truly, JOHN GLOAG 3, The Mall, East Sheen, S.W.14, September 7th, 1945

CLICK FOR: GERALD BARRY'S "THE FESTIVAL COMES TO BIRTH" (FROM 'BRITAIN TODAY' MAY 1951)

"As we look forward to the year 1951, each of us can share in the anticipation of an event which may be outstanding in our lives. The motives which inspire the Festival are common to us all - pride in our past and all that it has meant, confidence in the future which holds so many opportunities for us to continue our contribution to the well being of mankind, and thanksgiving that we have begun to surmount our trials." King George VI, 1949

 

 

Over 10,000,000 paid admissions to the 6 main exhibitions in 5 months :

Architecture Exhibition, Lansbury/Poplar (London) : 86,646

Industrial Power Exhibition, Glasgow : 282,039

Science Exhibition, South Kensington (London) : 213,744

South Bank Exhibition, Waterloo (London) : 8,455,863*

* visitors from London = 36.5%, outside London= 56%, overseas+ = 7.5% (+ USA 15%, Commonwealth 32%, European 46%, elsewhere 7%)

Land Travelling Exhibition: 462,289

      Manchester                 114,183
      Leeds                          144,844
      Birmingham                   76,357
      
Nottingham                  106,615

Festival Ship "Campania": 889,792

      Southampton                78,683
      Dundee                        51,422
      Newcastle                  169,511
      Hull                              87,840
      Plymouth                      50,120
       Bristol (Avonmouth)     78,219
      Cardiff                        104,391
      Belfast                          86,756
      Birkenhead                   90,311
      Glasgow                       93,539

& the Festival Pleasure Gardens, Battersea (London) : 8,031,000**

** visitors from London = 76%, outside London = 22%,overseas = 2%

Ulster Farm & Factory Exhibition, Belfast: 156,760

'Living Traditions' Exhibition, Edinburgh: 135,000

Exhibition of Books, South Kensington (London): 63,162

- not counting all the local celebrations in other cities, towns and villages!

Try the Museum of London's 'Festival' web site (great images/poor text):

http://www.museum-london.org.uk/MOLsite/exhibits/festival/objsearch.asp

(key on 'List all items' and go through all 42 pages to enjoy the images!)

 

"MDCCCLI CIVIUM INDUSTRIA FLORET CIVITAS MCMLI"

("1851 By the industry of its people the State flourishes 1951")

CLICK ON THE ABOVE PICTURE FOR A TOUR OF THE SOUTH BANK'S DOME OF DISCOVERY*

(* nearly 100 feet high, 365 feet across, 24 tubular steel supports, 232 tons tons of aluminium/133 tons of steel!)

RESEARCH MATERIAL

CLICK HERE TO 'TOUR' ENGLAND, WALES, SCOTLAND, AND N.IRELAND IN 1951 - USING THE "ABOUT BRITAIN" GUIDES

12 IMAGES FROM FESTIVAL FILMS, SOME WITH FUNNY CAPTIONS!

This web site is dedicated to P.D.S. [Stan] Packer (22.7.11 to 18.4.81) and W.G. [Bill] Palmer (23.12.22 to 20.1.99) by Martin, Christine, Robin and Rowena Packer.

updated 21.12.06; to contact The Festival of Britain Society, you should phone either: 02392 665630 or 0208 471 2165.