A Tonic to the Nation: The 1951 Festival of Britain

15 Mar 2011 – 7 May 2011

Cost of entry

£7.50 (Family £17, Students £4)

Chichester, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Chichester Railway Station is a few minutes walk from Pallant House Gallery. There are many direct links from London Victoria, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Gatwick Airport. Trains to London Waterloo connect at nearby Havant.

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Inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Festival of Britain followed the austerity of the war years when much of the country still lay in ruins. Described as ‘a tonic to the nation', it was intended as an attempt to give Britons a feeling of recovery and progress and to promote better-quality design in the rebuilding of British towns and cities. To mark the 60th anniversary of the Festival, this exhibition explores the iconic imagery which came out of the Festival through a collection of souvenirs and memorabilia.


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