Step back in time: to 1959

Welcome back to 1959; we were reaching the end of one decade and beginning to look towards the future.

In 1959 modern life was already changing – a snapshot of politics at the time show just how traditional values were shifting and a consumer society was beginning to take shape.

For many, there was the belief that people in Britain “never had it so good”, but the gap between the rich and the poor was already widening, lighting the sparks for a decade where people were increasingly politically outspoken and striking out to live life on their own terms.

So grab a cuppa and step back in time with us to 1959…

Pop Culture

Popular Culture offers a glimpse into the lives of people and the big and little things that made up the everyday. Here’s a snapshot of life and pop culture in 1977.

Tyne Tees Television station goes on air for the first time

The first Mini goes on sale

Ben Hur wins the Academy Award for Best Picture

In the News

Here’s a look at some of the most significant events that made headlines in the UK and around the globe in 1959.

UK postcodes are introduced for the first time, initially as an experiment – the first post codes were used in the city of Norwich.

The first section of the M1 motorway is opened, connecting Watford and Rugby.


From big upsets to big wins, here are some of the most significant moments to take place in sport in 1959.

Nottingham Forest win the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium

Alex Olmedo wins the men’s singles at Wimbledon

Famous Births

Some big personalities came into the world in 1959. Here’s a few of the famous faces born this year.


Nothing takes us back like music; these were some of the best-selling artists and most popular songs on the radio in 1959.

Cliff Richard – Living Doll

Shirley Bassey – As I Love You

Elvis Presley – I Need Your Love Tonight

Emile Ford & The Checkmates – What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For


Do you have any childhood memories from 1959? Share your experiences in the comments below! 

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22nd Nov 2017
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I was 10 in 1959 my father made me study daily and all weekends to practice the 11 + papers in preparation for the actual examination. This in order to get me in to a Grammar School. I hated it and I hated my father. He wanted me to be a Lawyer and get a professional job so that I could look after him and my mother in their old age...he kept telling me this was necessary otherwise I would be a lavatory lady.i.e. a woman who cleans toilets.
I had no joy in my childhood, born 1949 and made to work in academic study simply for my existence. I was conceived and born simply for my parents expectation that I would be their carer in their dotage. That was what people did...beget children so that they would work to pay for their parents welfare!
Cruel ....?
Child slavery has many forms...subtle, covert, behind respectability ...and devious...
Once upon a time there was a myth...perpetrated by children's authors that childhood was idillic, but no one gave credence to the reality...the abuse by the disgusting Priests and Nuns Ireland and here in the UK and Ireland , both North and South are symptomatic of the 1959 insults on childhood. I am disgusted to have and had to endured this unlovely and my unloved era, and to bear the psychological impact still.
23rd Nov 2017
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I feel very sorry for this lady and I do hope that now she is receiving the help that she obviously needs from a professional. It cannot be good to go around with a chip that size on your shoulder.
I on the other hand was twenty in 1959 well into my tour of duty in Malaya during the war there which if my memory serves me ended in 1964.
In the early years prior to 1959 we had a busy boisterous household but in the main were very happy doing what we wanted to do and generally enjoying being a kid. Not much to eat but with a bit of poaching we had meat on the table most days. Not like now where all the kids do is watch/play games on the television and eat junk food in the main.
The whole of 1959 was spent in the Far East a fascinating place no matter what you are doing, I subsequently took my family there in 1964 and apart from a few excursions that I had to undertake we had a lovely four years.
6th Feb 2018
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How did that work out, re education, career & becoming a carer for your parents ?

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