Jacquetta Hawkes and the Festival of Britain

Jacquetta Hawkes’s role in creating the Festival of Britain is one of her greatest achievements, recognised by the award of an OBE in the 1952 New Year Honours.  As archaeological advisor to the Festival, Jacquetta created exhibits which were correct in detail (as far as could be ascertained) and which captured the imagination of visitors with a “sense of mystery and drama”.  Find out more about this challenging project in Number 31 in our 100 Objects exhibition.


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