Hopefully members should by now have received their copy of the latest issue of Festival Times. It's another good read including an in depth look at the Emett Railway (The Far Tottering & Oyster Creek) that was such a feature of the Festival Gardens in 1951, information about Naomi Games's new book about her father's wartime work (see below), an appreciation of the work of Jean Symons, the only woman architect on the Festival scheme, who sadly passed away in October 2018, plus lots more.
If you haven't yet received your copy please contact the Society via the form on our contact page.
Nearly 40 members of the Society braved the strong winds and occasional rain to attend the Spring Convention in the Sunley Pavilion at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday 16th March, and what a spledid event it was. Several members had brought along parts of their collection of memorabilia and the displays were very impressive. Naomi was there to sign copies of her new book about her father (see below), and there was a lot of 'festival talk' to be heard. If you missed out this Spring then don't forget there will be another convention in the Autumn, and the date will be listed on this website closer to the time.
ABRAM GAMES, HIS WARTIME WORK, by NAOMI GAMES
Society members are very familar with Abram Games's part in the Festival but I wonder how much they know about the valuable wartime work he did as a 'The Official War Poster Artist'. Now, thanks to his daughter Naomi we are at last able to understand and witness the full brilliance of this work through this comprehensive and profusely illustrated book.
Stretching to nearly 200 pages the book includes both his well known and more obscure posters, together with biographical and historical text. This is a must buy for your bookshelf.
Published by Amberley Books at £16.99, the book is available to Society members at a reduced rate, for details please use the contact form.
To coincide with the publication of Naomi's book the National Army Museum are holding a special exhibition of Abram Games's wartime work. The exhibition runs from April 6th until the 24th November at the museum, which is in Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3. The closest tube station is Sloane Square (about 10 minutes walk) while the 170 bus stops outside. Further details can be had by clicking HERE