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The Festival of Britain: Black Country Traces, University of Wolverhampton

  • West Midlands
  • combined arts, interdisciplinary arts, museums, visual arts, Other
  • Claire Buckerfield


Thursday 15th July 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.

Artist Tom Hicks presents an exploration of the lasting influence of the Festival in the Black Country, focusing on design, architecture and typography in the region.

Tom Hicks is the artist behind the ongoing documentary photography project Black Country Type. His images centre on the landscape and people of the Black Country, a post-industrial region of the West Midlands. His work has been exhibited widely, most recently in a solo exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2020).

Instagram: @blackcountrytype /

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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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Photo, Crowds enjoying Garden of Light, by TILT. Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016.

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Photo, Jennie Gill, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield. Photo Our Favourite Places / Nigel Barker for Yorkshire Artspace.