Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration
9 July – 2 October 2016
Examining the influence of design on people’s lives after the austerity of wartime Britain.
After years of rationing following the Second World War, Britain embarked on a period of optimism, affluence and consumerism that was prevalent in all aspects of life. This show examines the changing cultural landscape, presented through the lens of a typical young couple. Their recreated home interior features paintings, posters and textiles by Enid Marx, Edward Bawden and John Piper, as well as contemporaneous packaging, household goods and fashion.
Famous posters on display by renowned graphic artist Abram Games include his Festival Star, designed to promote the Festival of Britain in 1951.