Wednesday, 16 February 2011

News - Museum-goers have never had it so good (Cusworth Hall)

A new display at Cusworth Hall Museum explores life in Great Britain during the 1950s. ‘Having it So Good’ runs from 12 February - 23 April 2011.

The title of the display comes from Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s famous speech made in July 1957, when in light of unprecedented economic growth and near full employment he commented that "most of our people have never had it so good".

The display brings together iconic items like a Muffin the Mule puppet, ceramic pieces by Clarice Cliff and a selection of sheet music from the period to cast light on a decade that began with the country still subject to rationing, and went on to include the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 2nd, the Festival of Britain and the Suez Crisis.

Visitors will be able to find out about some of the social changes which took place during the decade, including the first large-scale arrivals of people from the Commonwealth and the beginnings of the pop music industry.

The display also includes a number of fun interactive toys including Fuzzy Felt, so there is no shortage of things to keep the younger visitor entertained.


Cusworth Hall Museum is open Tuesday - Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 1pm- 5pm. The museum is closed: Monday, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. The tea rooms are open every day 10am- 4pm.

Admission charges for Cusworth Hall Museum are as follows: adults - £2, over 60 and under 16s - £1, under 5s -Free. Entry to Cusworth Hall Museum shop and Cusworth Park is free.

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