Exhibition: Festival of Britain

October - November 2021

This year we will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Festival. Held in 1951, six years after the end of the Second World War, and exactly one hundred years since the famous Great Exhibition of 1851, it was the first international exhibition of manufactured products – a display of might and fortitude on a national scale, showcasing the best of British manufacturing and design.

Importantly, it also acted as a catalyst for a new design aesthetic, launching the career of noted British designers working in the fields of textiles, furniture and graphic design.


The Festival was also a culmination of a revival of interest in craftsmanship.

In addition to the main activities on the South Bank in London there were official centres around the country, including Cheltenham.

The exhibition will look at the festivities in Chipping Campden, with interviews from people who visited the exhibition and took part locally. If you know someone, or have some memorabilia from the exhibition then please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Court Barn

Church Street
Chipping Campden
GL55 6JE

Opening hours

April – September
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

October – January
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm

Closed on Mondays (excluding Bank Holiday)

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