Britain in the 1950s and 1960s

by Ben Johnson

Welcome to our new section of articles about Post War Britain; everyday life and events in the 1950s and 1960s.

For those of you who remember these days, we hope you will enjoy reminiscing! Please share your memories by contributing to the comments sections at the foot of each article.

For those of you too young to remember this period, we hope you will enjoy a little window into the ‘good old days’…

The 1960s – The Decade that Shook Britain
If the Fifties were in Black and White, then the Sixties were in Technicolor…

Schooldays in the 1950s and 1960s

A short insight into life at primary school in the 1950s and 1960s…

A 1960s Christmas

What was it like to celebrate Christmas in the 1960s?

Bonfire Night Celebrations in the 1950s and 1960s

In 21st century Britain, Bonfire Night is usually celebrated with a trip to an organised bonfire and firework display. Not so in the 1950s and 1960s: Bonfire Night was a hands-on celebration with friends and family…

The 1950s Housewife

For a woman, were the 1950s and 1960s the best of times or the worst of times? The role of the housewife has changed greatly since those days…

Food in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s

The developing tastes of Britain in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s; how the nation changed its eating habits and embraced new foods and tastes…


The Coronation 1953

On 2nd June 1953, the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place and the whole country joined together to celebrate…

That was the year that was…1953

In 1953 Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey, and Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing became the first people to climb Mount Everest…

Festival of Britain 1951

The Festival of Britain 1951

Six years after World War II, Britain’s towns and cities still showed the scars of war. Promoting a feeling of recovery, the Festival of Britain opened on 4 May 1951…

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