Social history

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Baby boomers reflect on past times and future fears | Letters
Letters: Dr Richard JF Bewley on the benefits of growing up in a country with a more equitable distribution of wealth, while David Young reworks beans on toast. Plus letters from Richard Churcher, Jim McManners and Colin Tipping

18, Nov, 2022 @4:59 PM

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‘Who remembers proper binmen?’ The nostalgia memes that help explain Britain today
The long read: Idealising the past is nothing new, but there is something peculiarly revealing about the way a certain generation of Facebook users look back fondly on tougher times

Dan Hancox

15, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Jeremy Gibson obituary
Other lives: Genealogist and publisher, pioneer of a new type of local historical society and author of guides for family historians

Barrie Trinder

13, Nov, 2022 @5:45 PM

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First aid kits, torches ... fairylights?: Britons prepare blackout boxes
Casting an eye back to the 70s power cuts, we test the conversational gambit for this winter, ‘what’s in your BOB?’

Sally Howard

23, Oct, 2022 @8:00 AM

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To romanticise or demonise – not the only ways to frame working-class lives | Kenan Malik
A Chris Killip and Graham Smith retrospective from the 70s and 80s captures an absence of hope still felt today

Kenan Malik

15, Oct, 2022 @6:23 PM

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So which decade was better? Battle of the 1960s v the 1980s
Pattie Boyd, face of the swinging 60s, last week said that, in truth, the 80s were better. We asked two Observer writers who grew up in those decades to fight it out…

Yvonne Roberts and Barbara Ellen

09, Oct, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Lucy Torode obituary
Other lives: Teacher and social historian who made history come alive for her pupils

Roger Torode

29, Sep, 2022 @2:50 PM

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Lessons by Ian McEwan review – life-and-times epic of a feckless boomer
McEwan takes aim at the postwar generation in this old-fashioned but generous and humane portrait of individual indecision against the backdrop of history

Beejay Silcox

07, Sep, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Bromley home of UK’s first Indian MP fitted with blue plaque
Dadabhai Naoroji was elected in 1892 and campaigned for reform of British rule in India and women’s rights

Aamna Mohdin Community affairs correspondent

10, Aug, 2022 @4:02 PM

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The vital role of museums in building a strong civic identity | Letters
Letters: Local museums could help regenerate our dying city centres, but they need investment, says Ellen McAdam. Plus Nick Stevenson on the lack of representation of the working classes

Letters

04, Jul, 2022 @5:09 PM

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What if a Mars rover landed in Leeds? Peter Mitchell’s best photograph
‘I wanted to give the impression that Nasa’s Mars probes had returned to Earth – and their rovers were now rolling through the streets of Britain taking pictures’

Interview by Chris Broughton

29, Jun, 2022 @1:34 PM

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A monument to Scottish home life: why you should visit Tenement House
Agnes Toward’s beautifully preserved Glasgow flat tells the story of these buildings – not slums but hubs of vibrant communities

Robin McKie

29, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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