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Opened by Herb: Wolverhampton`s Festival Market Hall - Talk, University of Wolverhampton


Thursday 5th August 7pm

Artsfest Online and the Black Country Studies Centre are pleased to present a series of events commemorating the 70 years anniversary of the Festival and its impact in the Black Country.

A new location for a market in Wolverhampton was proposed in the 1930s. After World War II a more detailed plan saw a building influenced by the architectural blueprint for modern towns and cities that was built on London’s South Bank for the Festival of Britain of 1951. After seven years in the making, the new market hall was opened by Mr. Festival himself, Lord Morrison. This talk explores what the new market took from the Festival of Britain and why a festival style market was seen as ideal for post-war Wolverhampton.

Dr Jane Webb trained in art history and anthropology, and has worked in art schools teaching design history and theory to designers and artists for over twenty five years. Though Jane’s research is more usually in the field of fashion and dress, she enjoys a frequent foray into broader design history, and particularly into one of her favourite topics – the Festival of Britain.

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Get a Taste of the Festival at BCLM

From 17th May, the Black Country Living Museum’s Folkes Park is hosting the Festival of the Black Country – a mini celebration of the 1951 Festival of Britain. Alongside a display of Black Country-made 1950s kitchen and homewares, there will be a cookery demonstration based on the Festival Fare cookery competition and the regional winner, Mrs Betty Morris. You can book your visit to BCLM online now.

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