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Arts and Culture in the 60’s


If the Fifties were in black and white, then the Sixties were in technicolour. It was in many ways a defining decade for Britain. In just ten short years, London had transformed from the bleak conservative city, only just forgetting the troubles of the Second World War into the capital of the world, full of freedom, hope and promise. It was the centre of all excitement, the city where anything seemed possible. And yet, was it the same throughout the country ?

By the 1960’s the first teenage generation free from conscription emerged in Britain. Young people were finally given a voice and freedom to do what they wanted up to a point. It would take longer for emancipation to reach other areas of Britain. However, the parents of the sixties teenage generation had spent their younger years fighting for their lives in the Second World War and wanted their own children to enjoy a better, more peaceful time and freedoms. By the mid 1960’s teenagers enjoyed a significantly different leisure time to those of a decade ago.

Part of that leisure time was involving oneself in different aspects of culture emerging at the time, such as British Cinema and Television.

Television in the 1960’s

Art in the 1960’s