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Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s

Growing up in the 1970s

The Silver 70s was an exhibition at Leeds City Museum in 2012. These films were created as part of the exhibition and focus on growing in the 1970s.

Terry’s story:

Terry talks about children’s TV programmes (Banana Splits, Arabian Nights, Double Deckers and Clangers and Magic Roundabout), fashion (1.40 onwards) and his 1970s experiences. Health warning: At 2.42, Terry’s Grandma says something that might not be suitable for young ears! Please listen before playing it in the classroom!  Watch Terry's story here.


Debbie’s story:

Debbie talks about roller skates with four wheels, pretending her space hopper was a pony, her fascination with Black Beauty, Sunday teatime rituals and 1970s children’s TV (Cat Weasel, Worzel Gummage).  Watch Debbie's story here.


1970s TV and toys:

Winifred Scott (Fiona Nelson), Marcia Hylton, Yvonne Hylton Yvonne Thomas and Bernadette Wilson, share their memories of Batman, Spirographs and making dolls houses from matchboxes. Watch the film here.