Changes in Britain in the 1950s

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From the mid 1950s onwards, many people benefited from an improving standard of living. Unemployment was very low and wages were increasing faster than prices. This increasing prosperity meant that many young people had more money and more leisure time. They were able to buy fashionable goods and a new teenage culture began to develop. Teenagers began to:

  • wear different clothes to their parents
  • spend more time with friends,meeting in coffee bars and listening to music
  • go to the cinema and watch new Hollywood films.

Music and Cinema

  • With more money than had been available to their parents, the teenagers of the lat 1950s…


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