County Museum at Hartlebury


County Museum at Hartlebury Castle
Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury, Nr Kidderminster, DY11 7XZ


16 Aug 2022

Lavish Living: Worcestershire in the 1950s exhibition

Permanent exhibition – opening 18 May 2021.

The 1950s is sometimes referred to as the ‘optimistic’ decade. Although some of the hardships of the previous decades lingered on – some items were still being rationed as late as 1954 – Britain’s economy boomed and living standards rose rapidly too. We entered a new era of consumption, with labour-saving devices like vacuums and washing machines becoming the norm rather than the exception. For the first time working people had spare money and, crucially, increasing amounts of spare time in which to spend it.

It was a time of exciting cultural change: the golden age of cinema, the emergence of Rock’n’Roll and the increasing popularity of television which all transformed leisure time for the masses.

Our new permanent exhibition Lavish Living allows visitors to step back into the past, with immersive interior sets and wonderful items from the museum collection such as beautiful costume, a fabulous jukebox, and one of the first ever dishwashers. There will be something for the whole family to enjoy including activities for children, quiz to test your knowledge and a notice board where those who remember the 50s can contribute their memories.

Standard admission prices apply. Plan your day out at Hartlebury Castle here.

Related events

10 June: An exclusive talk and tour of the exhibition from the team that created it. Click here to find out more Curator’s talk Lavish Living


Image above: Worcester Odeon grand opening in 1950. Photo courtesy of the Cinema Theatre Association Archive.

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