Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration

Compton Verney

9 July – 2 October 2016

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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.

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Opening times

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

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