All of London's a stage: the 1943 County of London Plan Exhibition

Amati, M and Freestone, R 2015, 'All of London's a stage: the 1943 County of London Plan Exhibition', Urban History, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 539-556.


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Title All of London's a stage: the 1943 County of London Plan Exhibition
Author(s) Amati, M
Freestone, R
Year 2015
Journal name Urban History
Volume number 43
Issue number 4
Start page 539
End page 556
Total pages 18
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Abstract The post-war reconstruction era was marked by numerous planning exhibitions which provide a window on the contemporary nature of communication and consultation in planning practice. The 1943 Exhibition of the County of London Plan prepared by J.H. Forshaw and Patrick Abercrombie was a major event with the king and queen making a high-profile visit. This article describes the making of the exhibition, considers its content, design and historical significance and reflects on its importance as a high water mark in the culture of twentieth-century town planning promotion generally and exhibition culture specifically. Archival research reveals how the London County Council (LCC) negotiated for resources from the central government and the local boroughs in hosting and organizing the event and how crucial these negotiations were in its eventual staging, marketing and impact.
Subject History and Theory of the Built Environment (excl. Architecture)
DOI - identifier 10.1017/S0963926815000498
Copyright notice © Cambridge University Press 2015
ISSN 0963-9268
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