Suburbia Week On Exploring 20th Century London

By Lindsey Last edited 99 months ago
Suburbia Week On Exploring 20th Century London

Here's a neat way to consume a dose of 20th century domestic London history without leaving your desk. Exploring 20th Century London has produced an audio slideshow, drawing on the collections of the many museums involved in this collaborative project, to tell you about the development of suburbia in the 1930s.

There's something endearing about the low tech approach. It feels a little bit homemade, a little bit '70s Open University teaching resource, eschewing the obvious youtube video route in favour of stitching together images to illustrate the friendly narrator's instructive text.

Much of this will be familiar if you caught London Transport Museum's Suburbia exhibition earlier this year but, even if you did, it's an informative and soothing way to spend 5 or so minutes, taking in pictures of a bygone era.

Forthcoming slideshows cover Evacuees during the war, Children's TV in the 1950s, Slums and the Festival of Britain. Keep an eye on the website for more.

Last Updated 15 December 2010