The Festival Of Britain was an artistic and cultural festival held in London from 3 May to 30 September 1951, both to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great Exhibition and to boost morale after years of post-war austerity.
The South Bank of the Thames formed the focal point of the event. A derelict 27-acre site had been transformed.
The Dome of Discovery and the Skylon were the two great landmarks, but only the Festival Hall – built specially for the festival – survived as a reminder of the modernist style of architecture promoted at the time.
By the time it closed in September, 8.5 million visits had been made.