The Exhibition, which tells a continuous story, will make most sense if the Pavilions are visited in the order shown; but each can be visited separately if so desired.
Upstream Circuit – “The Land”
- The Land of Britain ◦ How the natural wealth of the British Isles came into being.
- The Natural Scene ◦ The rich and varied wild life that inhabits these islands.
- The Country ◦ A highly mechanised and most efficiently farmed countryside results from long experience, aided by science and engineering.
- Minerals of the Island ◦ How the British have drawn on their natural resources to produce raw materials for industry.
- Power and Production ◦ Highlights in the growth of present-day industry – the lifeline of Britain.
- Sea and Ships ◦ Shipbuilding, propelling machinery and the fisheries.
- Transport ◦ British pioneering, and contemporary achievement in design, for Communications and transport by Road, Rail, Air and Sea.
British initiative in exploration and discovery is as strong to-day as ever it was.
- The Land ◦ Exploration leads to development of overseas territories. Science and technology provide the tools and methods.
- The Earth ◦ Science is revealing the age and structure of the earth. Technology develops its underground resources.
- Polar ◦ A great tradition now applied particularly to scientific discovery and aided by mechanisation. Demonstrations in the Polar theatre.
- Sea ◦ The great heritage of Drake and Cook has passed to the marine scientists who are yearly adding to our knowledge of the sea.
- Sky ◦ Weather forecasting and research. Exploration into the ionosphere, which improves long-distance radio communication.
- Outer Space ◦ What we have learned from the old astronomy of Newton, and from the new astronomy which uses radio methods.
- The Physical World ◦ Explorations into the nature and behaviour of matter have made possible many of the material achievements of the present age.
- The Living World ◦ Discoveries of the secrets of life. Darwin’s great influence in the world of thought. Contemporary biological research.
Downstream Circuit – “The People”
- The People of Britain ◦ We are a people of mixed ancestry and now a blend of many different qualities.
- The Lion and the Unicorn ◦ Clues to British character and tradition. The Lion symbolises action the unicorn imagination.
- Homes & Gardens ◦ Many people on a small island create an urgent problem of space. Here are new solutions for six such problems in the home.
- The New Schools ◦ Equipment and classrooms from the new schools in Britain.
- Health ◦ British pioneering and modern achievement in public health, medicine, surgery and nursing.
- Sport ◦ Most sports originated in Britain and we have carried them around the world. Craftsmen at work.
- Seaside ◦ Our maritime character as expressed at home – the port, the seaside resort, the wild coastline between them.
Other Downstream Displays
- Television ◦ Its development: how television shows are put on.
- Telecinema ◦ First showings of new British documentary films in one-hourly programmes: large-screen television.
- 1851 Centenary Pavilion ◦ Recalls, in model form, the original Crystal Palace and its Royal opening in 1851.
- Shot Tower ◦ Aerial and reflector of the radio telescope; lighthouse optic and lantern; at base, a small display about the South Bank.
- Design Review ◦ A novel display, with information service, of 25,000 photographs illustrating the wide range of British manufactures.