Festival of Britain 1951-2011 opens this weekend

The Festival of Britain’s 60th Anniversary starts this weekend on the Southbank Centre. The summer-long festival is packed with events and exhibitions including BCA’s own installations on Power and Production. BCA has collaborated with photographers and filmakers to celebrate British makers and inventors, and new ideas in production.

Black Country Atelier’s Eureka Britain installation, one of  three by BCA at the Festival, features makers in their working environments:

Black Country Atelier Festival of Britain 1951-2011 Eureka BritainWayne, former race mechanic: building a reconstituted racing car

Black Country Atelier Festival of Britain 1951-2011 Eureka BritainJoel, mechanical technician: testing “hot lips” rocket engine

Black Country Atelier Festival of Britain 1951-2011 Eureka BritainMerlyn, inventor: refining low energy glass furnaces

Black Country Atelier Festival of Britain 1951-2011 Eureka BritainGilo, designer: prototyping high speed helicopters

Black Country Atelier Festival of Britain 1951-2011 Eureka Britain Southbank Centre

BCA’s Euraka Britain installation re-used an old gantry found in a steel fabrication yard in Shropshire. (photography: Georgie Clarke)

Over the summer there will be a number of events marking the 60th anniversary of the original festival; including a “Power and Production weekend” in August curated by BCA – more on that to come! We’ll also be uploading new features/interviews with the inventors we met.

Drop by and see us at the Festival!

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