Sixties: St Albans in a decade of change

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News release: 22 September 2011

Exhibition at the Museum of St Albans - Saturday 1 October to Sunday 22 April 2012

Stockings were made at the Ballito factory on Hatfield Road, St Albans and their hall was used for dances and concerts

Do you remember the days when summers were long, skirts were short and the BBC started Radio 1 just for you? A time long before home computers and mobile phones, yet when space travel seemed like it might be just around the corner? A time when you could play out on the streets without a care? You could even play conkers at school!

Take a step back through the beaded curtains to the colourful world of 1960s St Albans. Explore this fascinating decade; from fashion and interior design, pop music and the folk revival, to the world politics and new technology that influenced everything. Sit in a 1960s living room, and watch an early episode of Dr Who. Find out what children kept in their school desk and which toys were on their Christmas lists. See how St Albans has changed over the last 50 years through cine film footage and old photographs.

1964 Street Survey. Copyright St Albans Museums

1964 Street Survey Copyright St Albans Museums

And if you’re too young to remember…come along and try on the clothes, play the games, listen to the music and find out about the events and the people that made this a remarkable decade.
 
Cllr Mike Wakely, Portfolio Holder for Sports Leisure and Heritage commented: “Come along to this free, fun and interactive exhibition for all the family. See vintage 1960's items which may remind you of past enjoyments, memories you may have forgotten and show the kids the good, bad and ugly things they missed.”

1964 Street Survey. Copyright St Albans Museums

1964 Street Survey. Copyright St Albans Museums

Member contact:
Cllr Mike Wakely, Portfolio Holder for Sports Leisure and Heritage
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01582 764688 Mob: 07778639381

Contact for the press:
Davina Mansell, Information and Communication Officer
Tel: 01727 819316. E-mail: davina.mansell@stalbans.gov.uk
St Albans City and District Council
www.stalbans.gov.uk
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1964 Street Survey Copyright St Albans Museums

1964 Street Survey. Copyright St Albans Museums

Notes:

Museum of St Albans
9a Hatfield Road
St Albans
AL1 3RR
Tel: 01727 819340
www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

Stockings were made at the Ballito factory on Hatfield Road, St Albans and their hall was used for dances and concerts. 

See related press release: Enjoy looking back at the Museum of St Albans 15 April 2009.