National Archives focuses on 1920s

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

The National Archives have posted online an array of documents and pictures that illuminate the history of the 1920s – a decade that saw enormous changes in British society.

The resource offers letters, cartoons, photographs, official documents and handwritten notes that cover such topics as the General Strike (pictured above), hunger marches and unemployment, the changing role of women, advances in transport and education policy, the rise and fall of political parties, housing policy and new leisure opportunities for the working class.

The material is supported and explained by accompanying online essays from Professor Keith Laybourn of the University of Huddersfield.

Prof Laybourn worked closely with The National Archives in the selection and interpretation of 67 documents that are displayed in a two-part Twenties Britain website, headed Decade of conflict, realignment and change.

A primary purpose of the new online resource is to provide teaching material, with the 1920s being an option in the A level history syllabus.


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