Stylist Kiera Buckley-Jones finds a Festival of Britain scrapbook compiled by a young girl in 1951
With just over two weeks until the H&A 1950s living room opens at the Royal Festival Hall, the adrenaline is starting to kick in; will I finally manage to get hold of a 1950s Dansette record player and a suitably stylish wireless for my family living room? (If you deal in these, please drop me a line, firstname.lastname@example.org)
There have been some breakthroughs, though. Race Furniture (01451 821 446 ) is loaning us a 1948 Ernest Race rocking chair. Race originally designed the outdoor seating for the festival, the iconic ‘Antelope’ chair, so it’s brilliant to include a key example of his work. I plan to have this reupholstered in Sanderson’s ‘Mobiles’ print by Marian Mahler.
I couldn't miss a visit to one of my favourite shops, Focus on the Past in Clifton (0117 973 8080), to look for 1950s knick-knacks. I managed to pick up a selection of books, pictured, for 1950s homeowners - Bob Hope’s autobiography looks like a good read - but I am most excited about a Festival of Britain scrapbook, pictured, I found compiled by a young girl in 1951 (could this be you?). She has carefully stuck down newspaper cuttings and postcards of the festival happenings with silver and gold tape to give it an atomic modern edge! A charming souvenir of the great event, which will be reproduced and available for visitors to flick through in the H&A living room.