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Festival of Britain - Opened by Herb: Wolverhampton’s Festival Market Hall

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Join Dr Jane Webb in one of a series of Festival of Britain online talks.

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Artsfest Online and the Black Country Studies Centre are pleased to present a series of events commemorating the 70 years anniversary of the Festival and its impact in the Black Country.

A new location for a market in Wolverhampton was proposed in the 1930s. After World War II a more detailed plan saw a building influenced by the architectural blueprint for modern towns and cities that was built on London’s South Bank for the Festival of Britain of 1951. After seven years in the making, the new market hall was opened by Mr. Festival himself, Lord Morrison. This talk explores what the new market took from the Festival of Britain and why a festival style market was seen as ideal for post-war Wolverhampton.

Dr Jane Webb trained in art history and anthropology, and has worked in art schools teaching design history and theory to designers and artists for over twenty five years. Though Jane’s research is more usually in the field of fashion and dress, she enjoys a frequent foray into broader design history, and particularly into one of her favourite topics – the Festival of Britain.

Get a Taste of the Festival at BCLM

From 17th May, the Black Country Living Museum’s Folkes Park is hosting the Festival of the Black Country – a mini celebration of the 1951 Festival of Britain. Alongside a display of Black Country-made 1950s kitchen and homewares, there will be a cookery demonstration based on the Festival Fare cookery competition and the regional winner, Mrs Betty Morris. You can book your visit to BCLM online now.


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The Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton delivers courses across the Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Business, Law, History and Politics, and Humanities. These are based in the first purpose-built art school in the Country (George Wallis Building, Wolverhampton) and the Performance Hub, Walsall Campus. 

  • Fine Art students (and those on some other studio-based courses) are allocated their own studio space. No competing for space with other students; no packing and unpacking each day.
  • Music, dance and drama courses are based at the purpose-built Performance Hub at Walsall Campus; featuring state-of-the-art dance and drama studios, recording studios, rehearsal rooms and a theatre.
  • Excellent workshop facilities for Glass, Ceramics, Sculpture and printmaking
  • Newly refurbished foyer in the Wolverhampton School of Art Building

A leading centre for research in: 

Dance Science and Performance

  • The Impact of Art and Design on Society
  • Sustainable Fashion
  • Centre for Sikh and Panjabi Studies
  • Creativity, History and Identity in Performance

 Great NSS successes

Courses with 95%+ student satisfaction or employment include:

  • Creative Writing
  • Photography
  • Musical Theatre
  • Dance

 Student successes

  • Prize winners in British Institute of Interior Design Student Challenge

If that isn't enough:

  • Strong graduate employment record
  • Hosting the Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition 'British Art Show' in 2022
  • Wolverhampton School of Art is housed in the first purpose-built art school in the UK - celebrating the 50th anniversary of it's opening in 2020
  • Supports Wolverhampton Literature Festival
  • Stages annual 'Artsfest'
  • Regular high-profile visiting speakers e.g. artists Gilbert and George
  • Wolverhampton is very accessible by train and offers a very low student cost of living

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