Learn all about rocking and rolling like original teens

24-hour Jive marathon at Riverside Youth Club, Leamington showing, from left to right, Glynn Lloyd, Linda Jones, Tony Kaye and Josie Jenkins,  1960. Reproduced by kind permission of Warwickshire County Record Office.  PH(N), 600/779/4
24-hour Jive marathon at Riverside Youth Club, Leamington showing, from left to right, Glynn Lloyd, Linda Jones, Tony Kaye and Josie Jenkins, 1960. Reproduced by kind permission of Warwickshire County Record Office. PH(N), 600/779/4
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There’s a chance to step back in time to discover what it was like to be a teenager 60 years ago thanks to an exhibition touring the county’s libraries.

Rocking and Rolling for 60 Years looks at the rise of the teenager and other aspects of post war Britain and Warwickshire this autumn.

The exhibition has been curated by Heritage and Culture Warwickshire and Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs. It includes a look at music, fashion and eating out.

Rebecca Williams, senior learning and community engagement officer, said: “A whole generation of young people came of age in the 1950s. They were keen to spend their disposable income on something different and more colourful after years of rationing.”

The exhibition comes to Leamington on Monday September 7 and Friday September 18 and to Kenilworth on Monday September 21 and Friday October 2.

Leamington library will also host a talk on the subject with staff from Heritage and Culture Warwickshire, looking at the wider context of post-war Britain and Warwickshire before focusing on the rise of the teenager in the 1950s.

All aspects of life will be covered, from fashion, to dancing, to what it was like to get married and set up home.

Items from the organisation’s1950s collections have influenced the talk and include magazines from the period, costume collections and oral histories of the time.

Becki Morris, collections assistant at Heritage Culture Warwickshire, said: “Our collections give fascinating insights into what it was like to be young in the 1950s. Some of my favourite finds come from our post-war magazine and costume collection, and I’m confident that this talk will appeal to all ages.”

The talk takes place on Saturday September 12 at 2.30pm.

Visit heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk for more details.