The sports and pastimes will be demonstrated in this section by displays dealing with – “Toys” for older children including a large model railway, giant Meccano flipflap wheel, a large model Pollocks theatre with transformation scenes, recorded sound and voices. Educational and cuddly toys will be displayed; outdoor toys will include pedal cars, scooters, tricycles etc. model aircraft, yachts, ships, gardening and sports equipment. Sports and Outdoor Games. In this section will be depicted the vast range of sports that are or have been popular in Britain. Pieces of sports gear used on famous occasions in the past will be shown alongside present-day gear; clothes worn by sportsmen and players will also be shown.

Field sports – shooting, fishing, and all forms of hunting and racing will grouped together, as will the major outdoor games, e.g. Cricket, rugger, soccer, tennis, golf and athletics; other games shown will include hockey, croquet, lacrosse, netball, basket ball, rounders, bowls, badminton, fives and squash.

Camping and Open Air recreations such as rambling, climbing, cycling picnicking. Bird watching and nature photography will be depicted in a series of graphic action studies on a background for displays of clothing and equipment.

Indoor sports such as boxing, wrestling, fencing, gymnastics, billiards, table tennis, darts, skittles and shove-halfpenny will be represented with appropriate gear and clothes.

Leisure and Fashion Wear. A feature of this section will be a full-size theatre running a continuous show presenting clothes appropriate for elation at different times of the day. The sequence will cover casual morning-wear, afternoon frocks and suits, summer dresses, underwear and corsets, cocktail clothing and restaurant suits, formal evening wear and night attire. Beachwear and equipment will be a Section to themselves.

Hobbies. Here some of the more modern hobbies are shown including amateur radio where the Festival will have its own transmitting and receiving station, G3FB, which will be demonstrated by local amateurs; painting and amateur cinematography will also be demonstrated and amateur photography will be on display.


The immense vigour of British industry, our engineering skill, and the extensive research lying behind Britain’s industrial output will be exemplified by the story and development and production of the gas turbine jet aircraft, from Sir Frank Whittle’s patent of 1930 until today. How these engines work will be demonstrated by diagrams and models, and four full-size cut away engines will be on view.

The story will end with illustrations of the latest research and development in the application of the gas turbine to power generation and to rail, sea and road travel and will prepare the visitor for:


This is divided into Travel by Air, by Road, by Sea and by Rail. The main introductory feature is a large mural depicting travel from New York to the 1851 Exhibition and to the 1951 Festival today.

Air Travel. A model of Britain’s largest civil airliner, the Brabazon, will form part of a demonstration of the comfort and safety of modern air travel.

Rail Travel. A full-size Observation Coach will be on view showing all the latest improvements and amenities in rail travel.

Road Travel. Graphic displays and models will trace the development of public road transport from Shillibeer’s horse-drawn omnibus, introduced in 1829, to a modern British bus.

An amusing three-dimensional mural of the Englishman and his little 8-horse powered car will be seem, as well as a model of the Car of the Future. Models and photographs of the latest private cars will be used as a background to the latest gas turbine engine designed for private car use.

Another section will show the development of British roads.

Sea travel. A complete ship’s cabin has been constructed showing all the latest comforts of travel by sea. Other displays will show the pleasures of yachting and demonstrate that Britain was the first in most new developments in shipbuilding. Travel and yachting equipment will be shown against the displays.


Automatic toy theatre designed and built by Peter Judge.


The stage of the Fashion Theatre upon which fashion plays are presented in mime.


A de Havilland "Goblin" gas turbine jet engine.

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