Exhibiting Ourselves: Fifty Years of British Exhibition Design

ISBN: 9780957387546
Author(s): Ruth Artmonsky
Format: paperback
Year published: 2014
Publisher: Artmonsky Arts
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 155
Illustrations: Includes 27 colour and 107 b&w illustrations.
Height: 17 cm

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Britain has been exhibiting itself in fairs and such like since Medieval times. The zenith of the exhibition; was in the Victorian and Edwardian Years when grandiose pavilions were sited over hundreds of acres of ground. Exhibiting Ourselves covers the period from post WWI to just after WWII and includes not only celebratory shows, such as the British Empire Exhibition and the Festival of Britain, but more humble, earthier ones such as the British Industries Fairs and the Daily Mail Home’s Exhibitions. It also covers exhibitions with other purposes than merely trade, such as the propaganda exhibitions of the Ministry of Information during WWII, and design exhibitions, setting out to improve good taste of both manufacturers and consumers. It celebrates now forgotten exhibition designers, the showmen of their day, and charters the decline of the exhibition phenomenon as a media for change.

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