This film looks at historical sources relating to the social, political and cultural changes in 1960s’ Britain. Dr. Sam Caslin from Liverpool University looks at how archive film and documents from the time can provide an insight into young people’s attitudes. Caslin considers eye-witness reports of Mods and Rockers skirmishes in Brighton. Along with Pathe archive film of a demonstration against British and American involvement in Vietnam and minutes of a meeting between government ministers and senior administrators at the London School of Economics. She concludes that even amongst ordinary young people there was a growing willingness to question and challenge the status quo.
Pupils could be asked to carefully record the source types she uses and the inferences she makes from the sources. From this they could be asked to write a short pupil guide to using sources for social history.