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  • Alicante

    Map

    In 1957 the Junta Provincial del Turismo produced a folding map of the ancient Spanish coastal town of Alicante especial...

  • Anne McLaren’s Notebook

    Notebook

    Dame Anne McLaren (1927 – 2007) was a developmental biologist who pioneered techniques that led to human in vitro fertil...

  • Bandy legs

    Video

    This footage was filmed in London in 1957 and features a boy rollerskating and the traditional children’s nursery rhyme ...

  • Bluebells, cockle shells

    Video

    This footage was captured in Edinburgh in 1957.

  • Bow and Arrow

    Video

    This footage was captured in London in 1957 and shows a boy playing on the streets with his bow and arrow.

  • Conkers (1957)

    Video

    A short recording of the game 'conkers'

  • Cops and Robbers

    Video

    This footage was filmed in 1957 and shows children playing the popular variation of ‘Tag’, commonly called ‘Cops and Rob...

  • Delius: Cello Sonata (recording)

    Sound recording

    This wartime Cello Sonata (1916), by the English composer Frederick Delius, was written for the cellist Beatrice Harriso...

  • Delius: Brigg Fair (recording)

    Sound recording

    Frederick Delius’s Brigg Fair (1907) is a set of variations for large orchestra based on the folksong ‘Unto Brigg Fair’....

  • Hopscotch (1957)

    Video

    In this footage, girls are shown playing hopscotch in the 1950s.

  • Jamaica: 1956-58 unissued £1

    Philatelic item - Stamp

    The £1 stamp issued in the reign of King George VI shows 'Tobacco Growing & Cigar Making'. The first £1 stamp for Queen ...

  • Jigsaw puzzle depicting the signing of Magna Carta

    Games and toys

    This jigsaw puzzle was produced by the games manufacturer, Waddingtons of Leeds. Entitled Signing of Magna Charta, the p...

  • King of the castle

    Video

    This footage was filmed in London in 1957 and shows a group of boys playing ‘King of the castle’.

  • Kite flying

    Video

    This footage was filmed in London in 1957 and shows a boy flying his kite

  • Lamp-Post

    Video

    This footage was captured in London in 1957 and shows girls using a lamp post to perform Maypole Dancing.