What types of change did Britain experience between 1951 and 1964?

This enquiry question seeks to get students to specifically consider the different nature of change and continuity in Britain during a period ostensibly characterised as one of continued Conservative political dominance. In exploring important first order concepts – such as race, colonialism, sexuality, gender, stop-go economics, class, deference, the establishment – students are invited to consider the extent to which more hidden traces of change and continuity can be identified in the sources and events of the time.

Lesson List

  1. Why were the Conservatives able to dominate for thirteen years?
  2. Did Britain’s post-war economy really boom?
  3. Did British society remain largely unchanged by 1964?
  4. Had Britain really ‘lost an empire but failed to find a role’ by 1964?



Reading Pack

  • Political and Economic Reading Pack
  • Social History Reading Pack
  • Britain and the World Reading Pack

Source Pack

  • Political and Economic Source Pack
  • Social History Source Pack
  • Britain and the World Source Pack