Lunchtime Talk: Abram Games and the Festival of Britain Symbol

Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry's Cross, Plymouth PL1 2SW

01752 304774

Tuesday 30 May 2017
1.10pm to 2pm
Admission Fee: £2 per person
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In 1948, two years after being de-mobbed, ‘Official War Poster Artist’ Abram Games won the competition to design the symbol for the Festival of Britain.

This would be a significant event in his six-decade career, establishing him as one of twentieth century Britain’s most respected graphic designers.

The ‘Britannia’ emblem was versatile and memorable. The same can be said of its designer’s work. In 1951 Games’s contribution to the Festival helped to give colourless post-war Britain a much-deserved ‘tonic to the nation’.

Listen as his daughter, Naomi tells the story of the design of the symbol, drawing on his personal archive. This talk is being held in connection with the ‘Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration’ Museum On Tour exhibition at the Council House, Plymouth.

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