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Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 2
  • Subjects: English, History, Music
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 30
  • Venue: Museum of Liverpool
  • Free



Find out what it was like growing up in the 1960s through costume, handling objects, music and dance. 

This session can be booked Monday to Friday at 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm.

Further details

school children looking at old etch-a-sketch toys

© Paula Parker

1960s fashion, school, leisure, shopping and music are all explored.  Discussion highlights the age of the supermodel, celebrity and well known fashion photographers.  Pupils are encouraged to try on authentic 1960s clothing and take part in a catwalk.  School life is also examined and pupils identify ways in which it differed from their own experiences through the use of photographs, discussing teaching and learning styles, examinations and punishment and experiencing an original 1960s desk for themselves.

Pupils are encouraged to think about what they do in their leisure time and how this may differ to children in the 1960s. Toys, television, the sci-fi trend and its links to the space race are all discussed and explored with handling objects such as an Etch a Sketch and Spirograph.

Pre-decimal currency, corner shops and Liverpool’s music scene are also investigated with a range of handling objects including a Dansette record player, transistor radio and Beatles wallpaper.  The session finishes with pupils trying 1960s dance moves and an opportunity to handle objects, dress up and ask questions.

Curriculum links

Key Stage 2 - History

  • a local history study.
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Key Stage 2 - English Spoken Language

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers.
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.

Key Stage 2 - Music

  • develop an understanding of the history of music.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • understand that the 1960s refers to the years 1960-1969.
  • understand some of characteristic features of the 1960s.
  • understand how childhood differed in the 1960s and had some similarities to today.
  • understand the role Liverpool music played in developing the sound of the 1960s.


Pupils will:

  • develop observation skills by looking for clues in objects.
  • improve their speaking and listening skills in a group discussion context.
  • learn to give reasoned answers backed up by evidence.


Pupils will be introduced to:

  • the importance of artefacts as clues to the past.
  • the 1960s being a transitional phase in British history.


Pupils will:

  • be inspired to try 1960s dance moves.
  • appreciate the Museum of Liverpool is an enjoyable and creative place to visit.