Marriage in the 1950s and 1960s

After World War Two, during which most women worked outside the home as part of the war effort, everything changed. As the men went back to their jobs, the women were expected to return to their role as housewives, dependent on their husbands for an allowance.

This collection looks back at marriage in the post-war years of the 1950s and 1960s, with emphasis on the role of women. It also shows the beginning of social changes, such as divorce reform and the introduction of the contraceptive pill, which impacted on wedlock.

Woman's Hour, 1950
audio
Any Questions? - 1955
audio
Any Questions? - 1955
audio
Tonight - Gretna Green, 1957
video
Panorama - Family Budgets, 1957
video
Marriage bureau, 1959
video
Eye to Eye - Now We Are Married, 1958
video
Mosaic of Youth, 1959
audio
Panorama - Divorce, 1963
video
Marriage Today - A Social Institution, 1964
video
Marriage Today - Intimate Union, 1964
video
Marriage Today - An Excellent Mystery? - 1964
video
Enquiry - A Woman's Place, 1965
video
Man Alive - Living in Sin, 1966
video
Man Alive - Marriage Under Stress, 1967
video
Man Alive - Marriage Under Stress, 1967
video
Man Alive - Marriage Under Stress, 1967
video
Man Alive - For Richer, for Poorer, 1967
video
Washes Whiter, 1990
video

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