The Festival of Britain
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The Festival of Britain opened on the 3rd May 1951 and was meant of be a UK wide celebration of Britishness whether this was culture, industry, science or history. ‘a celebration of the ‘British contributions to world civilisation in the arts of peace’. It saw the building of the Royal Festival Hall (seen in this picture from the National Archives http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/fifties-britain/festival-britain/) as well as local fetes and exhibitions.
Yet despite this ‘united’ community portrayal, academics have questioned whether the majority of the population would have been able to relate to images and narratives being told about their communities. This leads us onto museums. Were museum exhibitions as part of the festival really representative of their communities?
 The National Archives, The Festival of Britain, <http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/the-festival-of-britain/> [accessed 21/8/2017].
 Paul Hendon, ‘The Festival of Britain and the voice of the people’, Critical Quarterly 41:4, (1999), p. 15.
 The National Archives, The Festival of Britain.
 Paul Hendon, ‘The Festival of Britain and the voice of the people’, Critical Quarterly 41:4, (1999), p. 16.