Archive Awareness Campaign 2011

Culture and Diversity theme for 2011 Archive Awareness Campaign

Archives continue to celebrate – under the Archive Awareness Campaign banner - the fantastic wealth and variety of their collections and encourage the public to take a look.

It is now 60 years since the Festival of Britain. This year’s Archive Awareness Campaign, with its theme ‘Culture and Diversity’, is partly inspired by the 1951 celebration of the arts in post-war Britain. Institutions across the UK and Ireland are remembering the Festival, as well as honouring history, heritage and culture.

There are dozens of events and exhibitions to look out for: Norfolk Record Office will hold a twilight event to view film footage of the Festival of Britain; a collection of rediscovered recipes and foods from across the generations and cultures in Scotland will be tried and tested by the Scottish Council on Archives; Cornwall Record Office will offer exhibitions on Cornish culture, arts and lifestyle; the Black Cultural Archives showcases its collection of artefacts and projects; Wolverhampton Archives & Local Studies is telling the stories of its local heroes – from servant George Africanus to Olympic sportswomen Denise Lewis and Tessa Sanderson, not forgetting local band Slade; the Dublin Evening Mail is sharing its 1930s photographic archive....and much much more.

Detailed information on all events is on the Archive Awareness Campaign website.

Festival of Britain 1951