London and the Swingin’ Sixties

Britain during the 1960s is a period that has famously been referred to as the ‘Swingin Sixties’, with an influx of fashion, music, culture and lifestyle for young people. Much of this is documented in photos and autobiographies of those who were a part of it. I feel as though this era has been overly romanticised.

However this prosperity has been contested by those who lived through it and by many economic historians.

Were the 1960s really ‘swingin’ for every young person through those times?

Was it really a time where the working classes could better themselves or have some kind of enjoyable social life?

Was it really a time where race, class and gender were less important limitations?

I would like to focus on a city, perhaps London, and interview a broad range of people who had lived in London from 1965 – 1970 and try to get more understanding of what life was like in London during this time.

I would interview people from different classes and of different ethnical backgrounds to find out what kind of people were really enjoying the 1960s in London and who faced economic hardship and exclusion.

Although many of these questions can be answered by economic historians using statistics etc, it would be interesting to hear a more human side.

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One Comment on “London and the Swingin’ Sixties”

  1. Graham Smith says:

    Interesting. But I think you’d get how the 1960s are remembered rather than a direct picture of the 1960s. Think of Al Thomson and Penny Summerfield’s work and how you might then make use of recollections of what remains an iconic moment in popular cultural representations of the past. Quite often people recall the 1960s in opposition to that presentation. Here the use of questions that would get at the details would help. A photo in your blogs would be good as would categorizing and tagging your entries.


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