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It is a big exhibition that through some 350 objects also tells the story of postwar British change, indeed it is conceived in the spirit of the 1951 Festival of Britain. The real interest, however, is not in the obvious choices — a Mary Quant mini dress, a Dyson vacuum cleaner, a model of Concorde — but in the more unexpected areas. These include British expertise in such things as video game design and town planning. So Grand Theft Auto is here alongside designs for the utopias of Milton Keynes (no architect who worked on the original scheme was above the age of 40) and Harlow New Town. And even though the rush to modernity is the dominant theme the exhibition also examines the pervasiveness of older design traditions, from the country house style reworked by John Fowler to the clothes of Paul Smith.

The mood of the show is unashamedly celebratory and with good reason. The postwar era may have seen the end of both the empire and our manufacturing base but in the realm of creativity Britain has remained a global power, producing commercial designers of the likes of Jonathan Ive, James Dyson and, indeed, Damien Hirst.

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