XIVth Olympiad, London 1948, and Wembley Stadium

  • Reference
      GB 1837 DES/RHZ/1/1/31
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      27 pieces

Scope and Content

Pastel design, apparently for an Olympic poster; and two b/w photographs of a finished version of this design, signed by HAR using the name 'Holt'.

Three examples of the 1948 Olympic Games postal franking mark, postmarks dated 18 December 1947, 3 March and 7 July 1948, one on an envelope addressed to HAR.

6 copies of the official programme for the Opening Ceremony of the XIVth Olympiad, London 1948, for which HAR designed the cover. Two b/w prints showing the opening ceremony.

Stored with print for events at Wembley Stadium: 2 copies of a flyer and 1 programme for ice hockey, Sep-Nov 1946; menu for dinner at the Empire Pool, February 1948, featuring same ice hockey logo; two copies of a flyer for the World Table Tennis Championships, February 1948; blank sheets, possibly menu cards as they match the format of the previous example, with logos for greyhounds and speedway at the Empire Stadium (3 of each).

With small b/w photograph of an unidentified location.

Administrative / Biographical History

"A design for a special Opening Ceremony programme was submitted by Mr. H. A. Rothholz. The cover design was approved, but it was decided that the inner pages should not be illustrated as had originally been suggested.  Instead a plain make-up was adopted." (Official Report of the Organising Committee for the XIVth Olympiad, p82.  Available at http://la84foundation.org/6oic/OfficialReports/1948/OR1948part1.pdf)

Access Information

Researchers wishing to consult the collection should make an appointment. Telephone 44 (0)1273 643217 or email designarchives@brighton.ac.uk.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

pastel on paper; photographic prints; printer material

Archivist's Note

Created by Sue Breakell

Conditions Governing Use

Permission must be sought to publish any material from the collection. Email designarchives@brighton.ac.uk.


'Official Report of the Organising Committee for the XIVth Olympiad', avalable at http://la84foundation.org/6oic/OfficialReports/1948/OR1948part1.pdf (accessed 07 September 2012), p82