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Commemorating 50 years of today

1975-1980       Love Will Tear Us Apart

Browse archive audio and memories of the Today Generation of an era that witnessed the Silver Jubilee and Margaret Thatcher becoming Prime Minister.

Silver Jubilee
Silver Jubilee - 7 June 1977

Punk and royalist fervour as Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 25 years on the throne.

From the archive: national celebrations
Neville Merritt on university life

"Beer was 20p a pint, and 10 weeks accommodation, all meals, laundry, cleaning and facilities in a hall of residence was £90. Putting aside a modest amount for books, stationery and basic clothing, the rest could be spent on fun."

Read more at Neville's blog
Ruth Crawford on volunteering overseas

"The children would emerge from their wee shacks, smart in ironed uniforms, with books and pencils somehow paid for by scrimping and saving. Great people who lived a much simpler, laid-back life than ourselves."

Read more at Ruth's blog
Margaret Thatcher
A new Prime Minister - 4 May 1979

Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister, takes charge of the nation.

From the archive: Thatcher's victory
Roger Troughton on the union leaders
Hugh Scanlon

Hugh Scanlon, Jack Jones, "Red Robbo", Len Murray, Clive Jenkins - all were household names and were the first to be interviewed about any new government initiative or the latest budget.

Read more at Roger's blog
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