Designed to nurture the nation’s recovery after the Second World War, the Festival’s South Bank exhibition in London was the main attraction, providing an eye-catching celebration of innovation in art and industry that ran during the summer of 1951. But other exhibitions and events were also staged across the country.
Two archives at the university - Screen Archive South East (SASE) and the University of Brighton Design Archives - offer unique materials documenting this significant moment in UK post-war history.
The University of Brighton Design Archives has long been a beacon in the UK design landscape. Since 1996 it has held the archive of the Design Council, whose 1950s predecessor was a key driver for the festival.