Published date: 6 March 2018

The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom.

This month’s clip is ‘Easter 1954’, a film exploring the variety of activities on offer to a family for an Easter break in post-war society.

With this film, students could consider:

  • How many methods of transport are shown? How do these differ from today
  • How is Easter being celebrated in the film?
  • What differences are there in the ways people spend their holiday weekends in the 1950s and today?
  • How would you describe the attitude towards women in this film?
  • How if family life being shown?

Students could also choose a figure shown in the film and write a creative account of that character’s holiday weekend based on the title ‘What a lovely Easter it was.’

This video can be used in conjunction with our document collection on Fifties Britain to explore the consumerism of the decade and explore how changing lifestyles transformed Britain.

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