It was the dawn of a new era – and Rock ‘n’ Roll was the call!
The 1950s brought dances alive as the youth tapped into the new phenomenon, and they dressed to impress too – out went floral chiffon dresses and stoles and in came poodle skirts and conical bras.
Bill Haley and the Comets taught the youth to Rock Around the Clock, a young singer called Elvis Presley began to cause a phenomenon, and the big screen was dominated by stars including James Dean and Marilyn Monroe.
And Elizabeth II succeeded her father, George VI, and became our Queen.
More change came with the 1960s. The first man landed on the moon, and music continued to dominate with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones at the fore. The 1960s spawned the ‘flower children’ and clothing was bright and bold – with mini skirts, hippy attire and paisley shirts and velvet trousers on trend.
And in the same decade, a bold new experiment in town planning sowed the seeds of Milton Keynes…
Milton Keynes Museum paid tribute to the frugal 50s and the swinging 60s by adding a brand new event to its annual calendar in 2018, and we’re pleased to announce its return later this month.
The 1950s &1960s Weekend on July 13 & 14 will take you back to the hip-happenings of the time with music, displays and much more.
Visitors both days will be able to enjoy The Flying Leathernecks, who will present a programme of favourite tunes from the 50s, and Luna Nightingale will sing some of your favourite songs from the 60s. More music will ring from the Granary Marquee, courtesy of singer James Cooper Watson.
And on Saturday Gary Beckwith will deliver rock ‘n roll and the songs of Elvis Presley, while DJ Mick Wilson will spin tunes from both decades on Sunday.
Visitors can also enjoy fascinating displays of 50s and 60s clothing, and a Vietnam re-enactment group will take you back to the start of the war which raged for almost 20 years.
Why not dress for the occasion, and come and do the monster mash with the museum?
Standard admission prices apply – which will also give you FREE entry for the following 12 months; adults £10, child £7, retired & unwaged £8.
A family ticket (admitting two adults and up to four children) is £30.
For up to date information and event timings for the weekend visit www.mkmuseum.org.uk
Summer season opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 11am-4.30pm
Address: Milton Keynes Museum McConnell Drive
Wolverton Milton Keynes
Sat-Nav it: MK12 5EL