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An Oral History of Hillingdon in the Swinging Sixties

Hillingdon residents recall life in the 1960's - a Local Studies, Archives and Museum Service project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to interview residents who lived, worked and played through this momentous decade.

These videos celebrate a vibrant youth culture, the rise of the 'Popular' music across the borough, the impact of post war town planning and the beginnings of the environmental movement in Hillingdon.

View clips of selected interviews below.

  • The small screen version is recommended for those on mobiles.
    To view the text in the video, you'll need to watch the big screen version.
  • You may need to download a video player. 
1: Syd Wilson talks about the Oscar he won in 1962 for motion picture design and special effects. 'El Cid' starring Charlton Heston, was the first film to use the new technology. (2'52")
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2: Doreen Williams talks about marriage and attitudes to money in the sixties. (3'00)
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3: Michael Walford remembers Burton's Night Club and the Uxbridge Blues Festival of 1965 - headlined by The Who and Marianne Faithful. (2'58")
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4: Avice Turner recalls the effects of Uxbridge High Street's redevelopment on her family and the community. (3'00)
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From July onwards you can see a small exhibition of items donated by some of the participants including a Space Age electric fire and a Dolly-Rockers mini dress. 

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Listening post at Uxbridge Library




You can also listen to selected interviews on our new audio listening post.


The exhibition is on level 6, Local Studies, Uxbridge Central Library.



Heritage lottery funded




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