The 1920s: Beyond the Roar

In this first episode, historian Kate Williams looks at the era’s tensions and shifting values, revealing social progress and a spirit of innovation co-existing with immense poverty and unrest; then we look at the political landscape of the 1920s and meet the first women in government.

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To tie in with the release of the 1921 Census of England and Wales in January 2022, our 20sPeople programme explores and shares stories connecting the people of the 1920s with us in the 2020s. This exciting programme includes our new 1920s-themed exhibition in Kew.

Documents from The National Archives used in this episode: PRO 30/69/1668.

If you’re interested in finding out more about records covered in this episode, take a look at our research guide to Census records. For help navigating our catalogue you can watch our top level tips on using Discovery.

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