Thursday 25th October 2018
Speaker: Sally Hoban

The late 1940s was a time of great economic expansion for Britain after World War II and the 1951 Festival of Britain showcased the best of new British industry and design. Gerald Barry, the Festival’s director, described it as a riot of “fun, fantasy and colour”. It was held over five months at London’s South Bank. Eight million people visited the site with attractions including the futuristic ‘Skylon’ sculpture and the Dome of Discovery. This lecture looks at how and why The Festival of Britain had a huge impact on people’s perception of design (including graphics, textiles, ceramics and industrial design) and on design itself.


Dr Sally Hoban has lectured extensively on art, design and antiques throughout the UK and at The University of Birmingham. She has broadcast on BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC Radio 4 and her publications include Miller’s Collecting Modern Design. She has an Honours certificate in public speaking from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and is a freelance arts journalist for local, national and international media. Sally has a PhD in the history of art and design from The University of Birmingham.