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As part of their 'Year of Print', the University of Birmingham has invited Naomi Games to give her talk about her father, 'Abram Games, A Personal Perspective'. The entertaining evening will take place at Winterbourne House on Thursday 24th October at 6.30. Tickets are just £7.00. Winterbourne House is situated in Edgbaston, Birmingham. www.winterbourne.org.uk/whats-on/


The latest edition of Festival Times should now be with members. Another great issue from Mike with articles about how the Society started, Skylon badges, Festival visitor numbers, the Strubbe painting of the Power and Production Pavillion, the continuing story of the Emett Railway and lots more....

A great few hours was had by all who came along to the 30th Anniversay Convention on October 5th. As usual Mike struggled along with a suitcase full of souvenirs and ephemera for display, along with a particularly delicious celebration cake. Several members of the Society took advantage of some of the souvenirs that were for sale, and there was plenty of opportunity to chat and remember the Festival. Perhaps you will join us for our Spring 2020 convention - date to be announced.

Our Autumn Convention will be on Saturday October 5th in the Sunley Room of the Royal Festival Hall from 10am to 2pm. Members and non-members are welcome, and there is free tea and coffee but we do make a small charge of £5 per person to help defray costs. Members will be bringing bits from their collections and there will no doubt be some items for sale or swop. The convention will also mark the 30th anniversary of the founding on the Society so please come along if you can - I'm sure you will enjoy yourself.


NEW BOOK......

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


5th July 2019 - FESTIVAL TIMES 111 now back from the printers and on its way to members. Articles include the continuation of the Emett Railway retrospective, recycling Festival Souvenirs for the Coronation, the Abram Games blue plaque, the 'Parish Church and the Christian Centre for the Festival of Britain', the Festival workers strike, and much more.

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