Hanging Out – Youth Culture Then and Now


A great opportunity for folk in the metropolis to take a critical trip down Nostalgia Lane, courtesy of the Victoria and Albert and Full Spectrum Productions – see Hanging Out web site.  It would be a good crack to go with a group of young people – plenty room for banter!

Hanging Out – Youth Culture Then and Now
Celebrate the Victoria and Albert Museum display, ‘Hanging Out – Youth Culture Then and Now’ and its influence on young people today. It brings together historic material with work made by youth participants in response. The 50s and 60s were a highpoint for youth culture and saw innovation in fashion, film, music, entertainment, sport and protest. This was a time of social change and mass immigration of people from the commonwealth countries, events that would have a lasting impact on British culture.
Join us to celebrate Hanging Out – Youth Culture Then and Now with two special events:
Where Did You Hang Out?
Saturday 14 July 2012, 12:30 – 17:00
Explore the London scene and popular culture during the 50s and 60s with Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winning actress Rita Tushingham (‘A Taste of Honey, ‘The Leather Boys’), Ace Cafe’s Managing Director Mark Wilsmore and Cue Club performer Fred Peters (formally of Freddie Notes and the Rudies), as they share their accounts of growing up and hanging out during this era with Royal College of Art Cultural Historian Barry Curtis.
Avril Horsford former Head of Academic Diversity at the London College of Fashion will take you on a whistle stop tour of all things popular during the 50s and 60s. Gavin Maitland Curator, Archivist and Photo-historian offers a regional perspective and a rare account of The Bamboo Club, Bristol’s first West-Indian social club that was active in the St Paul’s area between 1966 – 1977.


Take a self-guided tour of the Hanging Out display, watch the Hanging Out documentary and enjoy live monologues with young actors, based on the oral histories of elders today, who were the teenagers of yesterday.
FREE but booking required Receive a free copy of the Hanging Out Publication.

After the War – Youth Protest, Style, Image and Identity
Sunday 22 July 2012, 12:00 – 17:00
Spend a day exploring the cultural revolution after WWII through 50s glamour and the image of austere times, the modern housing estate and interiors. Examine the social and political frameworks that influenced a new counter-culture and identity, fuelled by the ‘birth of the teenager’ and the swinging 60s.



Enjoy a DJ set featuring songs of protest, resistance and freedom spanning the 60s and  70s with DJ Mistah Brown (Tighten Up and Trash & Ready)
Watch rare feature length films about introspective life in London during the 50s and 60s including the Hanging Out documentary.
Hear talks by curators, historians and cultural commentators about fashion,entertainment, the home and interiors during the 50s and 60s.


Come dressed in 50s or 60s vintage and have a make-over, before having your portrait taken in traditional black and white.
Design and make a 60s paper dress or create a protest poster or t-shirt design.
View the Hanging Out display and watch live monologues performed by young actors wearing outfits made by the Hanging Out project participants.
Make a statement and have your say by taking part in a massive digital installation campaign for ‘FREEDOM2012’.
Free but booking required. Receive a free copy of the Hanging Out Publication.
Hanging Out – Youth Culture Then and Now is in collaboration with Full Spectrum Productions who are sponsored by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Book your place on any of these events by calling 020 7942 2211 or visit

Hanging Out Public Programme – pdf

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