Talk: Growing Up and Getting On in the 1960s
1 February, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Three stories of education and everyday life
What was life like for ordinary people who were born in East Anglia and the East Midlands just after the Second World War? How did the expansion of secondary education, new work opportunities, and social change affect their aspirations and identities?
Dr Laura Carter will examine the experience of growing up in the region using three local life stories that have been reconstructed from information derived from the 1946 British Birth Cohort — a longitudinal study that has followed more than 5,000 postwar babies from cradle to old-age.
Along the way she will also explore the impact of the 1944 Education Act and the effect that universal secondary education had on ordinary people living and working in rural communities across the eastern counties as they left school, went to work, and had children of their own during the 1960s.
This is a free event, but you must book so that we can manage attendance