David MOORE, Battersea Fun Fair, London Enlarge 1 /1


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1927 – 2003

Battersea Fun Fair, London 1951 Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Primary Insc: 11/11 signed and dated, verso,l.r."...1951/David moore...";stamp verso,l.r."photgraphy by/David Moore/100 Walker Street/North Sydney NSW/9299620"

Dimensions: printed image 49.0 h x 39.6 w cm sheet 49.0 h x 39.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of David Moore 1983
Accession No: NGA 83.3404
Image rights: © Lisa, Michael, Matthew and Joshua Moore

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The Festival of Britain was timed to open exactly 100 years after the Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park took place. In 1951, a fun fair at the Festival Gardens in Battersea on the South Bank of the Thames was part of the festival attractions. It proved so popular that it remained in operation after the close of the festival. Millions of Londoners would spend their weekends and bank holidays on the many rides and attractions which famously included the Big Dipper rollercoaster and the Water Chute. The amusement park was intended to take the public’s mind off the austerities that long followed the war – austerities that included food rationing and housing shortages. The pleasure found in escaping the worries of everyday life is memorably captured by Moore’s camera.

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