Meet the Archive: Festival of Britain

Part of Heritage & Archive

Explore hidden historical treasures in our archive, with guests The Festival of Britain Society.

Stop by for this drop-in session at the Archive Studio, where you can get hands-on with historical objects from the Festival of Britain – the festival that started Southbank Centre.

The Festival of Britain Society are on-site, showcasing their own private collections alongside highlights from our own archive.

Held in 1951 with the aim of promoting a feeling of post-war recovery, the festival was a national exhibition and fair that showcased the nation. Today, it provides a fascinating insight into 1950s UK society.

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Royal Festival Hall
Archive Studio, Level 2