Tillerscast (6): British Society in the ’50s

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Look at that state of the art new kitchen, in a new council house, in Harlow New Town, Essex, just as it was in 1956. I am going to look at the various elements of society in the long ’50s, in parts. First, an introduction

Here’s that record…

THE HOUSES THAT MAC BUILT

There’s quite a lot on housing here. There is the Houses the Mac Built, about the house building programme initiated by Macmillan. I have also written about the subsequent development of high rise building, here. I also wrote about Harlow New Town, and about the house I grew up in and why council houses mattered, here. A reminder that housing policy up until that point was covers in the article about Bevan and housing here.

A COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION?

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There is an article on The Butler Act, Ellen Wilkinson and, another Charley film (here)!

THE NEWCOMERS

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The story of Patrick Gordon Walker, and the general election of 1964 in Smethwick, gives us a fascinating, if unpleasant, snapshot of just how much race mattered politically by 1964. Tides of History give us a brilliant account here.

A WOMAN’S PLACE

There is an article about the making of the 1950s home on History Extra, here.

THE YOUTH OF TODAY

Clapham Common Teddy Girls and Boys 1954

Here’s a post about rock and roll in the ’50s

LET HIM HAVE IT: LAW AND ORDER

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Elvis Costello tells the story of Derek Bentley here.

FAMILY FAVOURITES: EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE ’50s

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Here is that article about Frank Sinatra in the ’50s, here. What wonderful music…. here.

And that Beatles song from the second LP:

And three great books…

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