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Festival of Britain group, including Osbert Lancaster, Feliks Topolski and Sir Huw Wheldon

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© Elsbeth R. Juda / V&A Images

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Festival of Britain group, including Osbert Lancaster, Feliks Topolski and Sir Huw Wheldon

by Elsbeth R. Juda
modern bromide print, 1951
15 in. x 15 in. (380 mm x 380 mm) image size
Given by Elsbeth R. Juda, 2012
Photographs Collection
NPG x136298

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  • Elsbeth R. Juda (1911-2014), Photographer; wife of Hans Juda; centenarian. Artist of 21 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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Current affairs

The Conservative Party wins the general election and Winston Churchill returns for a second term as prime minister.

Art and science

On the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Festival of Britain is held as a nationwide celebration of British culture, and as an impetus for post-war regeneration. As well as various art, science and industrial exhibitions and events, a major regeneration project was initiated for the South Bank area of London under the directorship of the architect, Hugh Casson.

International

Libya declares its sovereignty from Italian rule, becoming the first independent state to be created by the UN.
At the Treaty of San Francisco, 48 nations sign a peace treaty with Japan, officially ending the Pacific War - the last battleground of the Second World War.

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Mark Geer

09 March 2020, 13:46

Roland Cecil Cooke was a close friend of my parents and when Mrs Cooke died I now have a photo album with Cecil in it . There is also Queen Mary , King Edward Vlll , Queen Elizabeth l , Queen Elizabeth ll and Winston Churchill. I think there is the Queen of Denmark and the pictures are of the Expo , maybe 1951. They are wonderful pictures and I was wondering if there are any relatives who would like the photos .

Janie Hampton, daughter of Donald Clive Anderson

22 February 2019, 18:53

Conductor Sir Malcolm Sargent sitting in front row, no hat, 3rd from the left. My father Donald Clive Anderson back row, with hands on shoulders of two in front. He was press officer of the Festival of Britain.

Alexandra Walker

22 February 2019, 15:28

Hi The tall man standing in the middle at the back was my father Donald Clive Anderson. He was chief press officer of the exhibition. See his Wikipedia page for more information about him. He had worked at the Ministry of Information during the war with some of the same people as at the Festival.

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