Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration

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. 

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Famous posters on display by renowned graphic artist Abram Games include his Festival Star, designed to promote the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Venue details

Compton Verney Compton Verney Warwickshire CV35 9HZ 01926 645500

Entry details

50% off entry with National Art Pass
Reduced price entry to exhibitions with National Art Pass

19 Mar – 11 Dec
Tue – Sun, Bank Holiday Mon, 11am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm and park closes at 6pm)