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Archives at Night: Sixties

May 19, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

£12 – £15

Culture. Revolution. Scandal.

Take a trip back to the 1960s as part of Museums at Night!
A decade that defined a generation, the sixties in Britain brought us everything from Beatlemania to miniskirts. Yet it was also a time of acute political unrest that saw the destruction of traditional structures and constraints. Using original material from our records, come on a journey to discover some of the most fascinating aspects of the era – from the Profumo affair, to mods and rockers, and the cultural, sexual and social revolutions.

Records on display:

Don’t miss the chance to explore a whole range of iconic sixties records from our collection, including:

  • Documents charting the rise of the Beatles
  • The famous trial of Lady Chatterley’s Lover under the Obscene Publications Act
  • The strike of the women workers of Ford Dagenham
  • The arrest and trial of the Kray Twins

This full evening of entertainment will include:

  • Expert talks
  • Iconic moments from the decade featured in short performances throughout the night
  • Sixties music all night – with dancing!
  • Vintage badge making
  • Themed photo booth
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • Cocktail bar with mixologist
  • Food to purchase
  • Ticket price includes one cocktail on arrival

Expert talks:

  • Sex, Spies and Scandal: the Profumo Affair – Dr Richard Dunley
    The Profumo affair was one of the greatest political scandals in twentieth century Britain. It had everything: politics, sex, spies and gangsters. The fallout marked a watershed in the publics’ attitude towards politicians, and played into divides created by the momentous social changes which wracked Britain in the early 1960s.
  • Culture clash? Pop in a Royal Park – Mark Dunton
    The Rolling Stones 1969 concert in Hyde Park is a legendary moment in British music. But back in 1968, when Peter Jenner, Manager of Pink Floyd, wrote to the authorities asking for permission to hold a concert in Hyde Park, he received a negative reply which he described as “crusty”. So how did it come to pass that a whole series of pop concerts was held in this Royal Park in 1968-69?
  • Money, Mods and Modernisation – Mark Donnelly
    ‘Modernisation’ was a fashionable term in sixties Britain. Pop culture, media, design, urban planning and politics embraced ‘new’ times. Permissiveness and social tolerance increased. But state-directed oppression and social exclusion persisted. Despite attempts to dismiss resistance to political authority as a side-effect of youth-centred cultural hedonism, various rebellions of the sixties did challenge the status quo. Mod culture, it seems, heralded the ‘new politics’ of 1968.

Sixties-inspired clothing is optional but encouraged.

Activities are subject to change. Keep an eye on our events page for more information.

These evening events are very popular so book now to guarantee your place. Please note, this event is suitable for adults only (18+).

More activities will be added to the programme, which is subject to change. Keep an eye on our events page for more information.


May 19, 2017
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
£12 – £15


The National Archives
Ruskin Avenue
Kew,TW9 4DU
020 8876 3444


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