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21/01/2022 - 11/06/2022

Archive Exhibition


The 1920s: Beyond the Roar

Exhibitions at the National Archives are unique because they draw from their rare archive collections – now they are using the 1921 National Census as a keystone to explore the 20s from the perspective of the everyday.

With the 1921 Census of England and Wales as its keystone, the exhibition will recreate the fascinating world of the 1920s through the lens of our vast and diverse collection. Drawing on records as diverse as international peace treaties, textile samples and lonely hearts adverts, exhibition visitors will go beyond the popular image of the ‘roaring twenties’ to discover how people from all sections of society experienced the decade.

Visitors will encounter key moments, people and ideas from the decade, and a sense of the period as a time of change, crisis and defiance will emerge. The 1931 and 1941 Censuses do not exist, so this is a rare glimpse of life 100 years ago.


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Kew The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU