The Festival of Britain opened seventy years ago in May 1951, with an energetic programme of exhibitions, arts festivals and local events held around the country.
Given the overwhelmingly patriotic nature of the events, it is perhaps surprising that dozens of those who were central to devising them were not born or trained in Britain but had arrived recently from Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria and Germany, in order to take refuge from the Nazis.
These included German graphic designer FHK Henrion who created displays for two pavilions at the South Bank Exhibition and Czech textile designer Jacqueline Groag, who made displays for the South Bank's Dome of Discovery.
In this talk Dr Harriet Atkinson will introduce the Festival and talk about some of the key contributions made by recent arrivals to Britain.
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