The Exhibition itself will be in six sections on the following themes:-

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The layout will include a circulation space in the centre known as the Arena where there will be an information desk and the Council of Design Information Office. Here the visitor will be able to obtain information on all aspects of the Festival of Britain and details of exhibits being displayed in the Travelling exhibition.

Exhibits will be the best of current production.

On entering the Exhibition, visitors will find themselves in the Foyer with Guide selling points. The feature of the Foyer will be a monumental sculpture group representing the Skill of the British People and the Resources of Britain.

Leaving the Foyer, the visitor enters the Corridor of Time. This is an introductory Historical Section displaying Materials and Skill. A rectangular area 40 feet long with mirrors at each end, it gives the impression of being an endless corridor. In this section 16 large pendulums will swing above the heads of visitors in harmonic formation. Each pendulum will be illuminated and will contain a display depicting the development and progress of the nation through the ages and how throughout time the making of things is dependent upon materials and skill.

Emerging from the Corridor of Time, the visitor enters the Arena. Although this is primarily a circulation space 40 feet in diameter – the Piccadilly Circus of the Exhibition – and its circumference is take up by entrances to other Sections of the Exhibition., there will be much to interest the visitor. The conical roof will form an enormous mosaic in fluorescent materials which will be activated by a rotating fin across the full diameter. From the Arena, access is made to the main sections of the Exhibition. These are:-


This is a domed area approximately 36 feet in diameter where the visitor will see that in all ages it has been possible to make everyday articles beautiful; but that today to achieve this object, applied science and industrial design must go hand in hand. Displays will include “Accuracy and Measurement” with watches, chronometers and other instruments as exhibits, ‘Lighting” with coil lamps, fluorescent tubes, strip lighting and sodium discharge lamps; “Modern Textile Dyes” showing the range of colours available today; “Development of Plastics” with curtains, handbags, piano keys and other goods made of different natural and synthetic plastics; “Domestic Equipment” will include the development of the domestic iron from the solid flat iron to a modern electric rotary iron. It will also show the development of the pen from the stylus and tabula to the modern fountain pen.


This will show how the problems of furniture and furnishings are being solved nowadays. Sections of all rooms of an ordinary house will demonstrate ways in which well-designed British furnishings can help to enrich everyday life.

The “Living Room” will be shown furnished both for entertainment and for materials. Three ways of incorporating television in the living room will be demonstrated with types of receivers including a built-in screen. Another section will show how any living room, whether in n old or a new house, can have efficient modern solid fuel heating.

Other rooms shown will include the “Parlour,” ‘Kitchen,” “Bed-sitting room” and “Bathroom.” All will have their full complement of furniture, lighting, fittings, curtains, wall paper and floor coverings, pictures, glass-ware, china ware, cutlery, kitchen appliances, clocks, ornaments, books, toys, etc.

Entrance foyer with statues representing the Skill of the British People

The mirrored Corridor of Time with 16 swinging pendulums.

Display of kitchen equipment in the "People at Home" section.