#Festivalcast: Walking the Festival

An audio-tour of the South Bank site as it looked at the Festival of Britain of 1951. Led by Alan Powers and Elain Harwood, of the Twentieth Century Society, and accompanied by Nick Rampley, former Vice-Principal at Morley College, and Euchar Gravina, Artistic Director at Waterloo Festival.

Festivalcast, the Waterloo Festival's podcast series, is brought to you by Morley Radio.

You can follow the audio-tour on site (or from the comfort of your phone/device) by using the map and route below. For a larger version, follow this link. Press on the yellow numbers for information, as relayed over the audio-tour.

Scroll further down on this page for images and videos from 1951.


With thanks to the Twentieth Century Society for the provision of images.

The South Bank site, 1951. The audio-tour starts just underneath the Shell Centre, which is where "1 The Land of Britain" is shown on the map above.

Waterloo Station in the background.

Images of the site, including the open spaces, promenades and the concourse.

The Dome of Discovery.

Fountains, with views of Whitehall and Westminster.

The Skylon.

The Royal Festival Hall and the Shot Tower.

Images of the Pavillions, including The Land of Britain, The People of Britain,The Lion and the Unicorn, The New Schools and Mining.

York Road Screen.


All these videos are available online through third-sources.

Sound Archives

If you’re interested in listening to some of the people mentioned in the podcast, you can follow this link (https://sounds.bl.uk/Oral-history/Architects-Lives) and search for the interviews with Hugh Casson, H. T. Cadbury-Brown, Michael Grice, Mary