The H&A 1950s living room - part four

By Rosanna Holmes,
13th April 2011 - 16:32
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Claire Randall, Roadshow reporter, Bletchley Park, July 2009
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Things are starting to come together for the H&A 1950s living room. The wallpaper, paint and carpet have all been ordered and our trusty set-builder and seamstress are on hand and raring to go! But, as with any project, there is an air of uncertainty and I admit the nerves have started to kick in. I’ve managed to source a 1950s television from eBay, but I am yet to see it in person, so who knows if it will be completely suitable? A courier is at this moment en route to a farm in deepest North Yorkshire to retrieve it from its previous owner. The online images suggest the TV just needs a wipe down and a bit of TLC. I wait with baited breath for its arrival at the office tomorrow - I think it could go either way!

 

On a cheerier note, I've found an absolute gem online: The Homeland Festival of Britain Guide to London. It gives a great view of the comings and goings of the event as well as an insight into London at the time.

The chapter ‘A walk through blitzed London’ is one such example. ‘At Cannon Street turn right and walk towards St Paul’s,' it reads. 'As it stands in majestic dignity amid the surrounding devastation it seems that only a miracle could have preserved it’.

It is quite moving reading these words when you remember that only 10 years had passed since the ending of the Blitz. How raw it must of been to London’s inhabitants with the bomb damaged streets as a constant reminder. This only exaggerates the need for the festival, which was termed the ‘tonic for the nation’.

Pictured is another eBay buy, a record rack, but alas I’ve yet to get the records - though it’s proved useful for storing paint charts and wallpaper samples!

Again, if anyone has a Dansette record player do email me at kierabuckley-jones@bbcmagazines.com