The first Festival of Britain was first held in the summer in 1951 as a national exhibition held in several places over the UK. It was set up by the government after the war to promote Britain and to give a sense of recovery to the United Kingdom.
The festival also showed Britain’s contribution to the art, science, technology, industrial design and architecture. The heart of the festival was held on the South Bank of the thames in London, with other events being held in places with the best contributions that Britain had to offer.
Touring exhibitions were held on both land and sea in Cardiff, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Perth, Bournemouth, York, Aldeburgh, Inverness, Cheltenham, Oxford and elsewhere.
The Festival was then stopped when Winston Churchill came into Conservative administration.
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