The exhibition was a showcase for British design and manufacturing, and was a precursor to the more widely celebrated Festival of Britain in 1951. It ran for just three months, but the BCMI exhibition boasted an incredible 1,432,546 visitors, with an average of 20,000 a day.
The book will be illustrated throughout, with a combination of evocative photographs from the exhibition, and with colour photography of the most noteworthy and visually interesting objects and designs. Where possible, essays will be illustrated with objects from the V&A’s collections.
By taking its structure loosely from the exhibition itself and from the accompanying Design ’46 catalogue, this book will take the reader through an eclectic array of subject areas and consumer products. Most chapters will be in the form of short essays, written by V&A curators and external specialists, as well as by Diane herself as author and general editor.
A scholarly, yet popular publication celebrating the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition, to be published in September 2016 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the exhibition.