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  • Azize Ozyurek-Baer

The Roaring Twenties Exhibition

Do you like to do activities at the weekend that take your mind off things and transport you into something new? If so, I would highly recommend the exhibit ‘Beyond the Roar’ at the National Archives at Kew.

The exhibit is made up of three rooms, but I would say that this is the right amount. Instead of walking through room after room and getting tired, it has enough to grab your interest and let you leave still interested. As you walk into the first room, you see the ‘20s census.

Once you have a general impression of what was happening in that era from the first room, you go into a room that looks a bit like a living room, with a sofa, and learn about the social lives of people back in the 1920s.

If you are interested in the ‘Roaring Twenties’, then this is definitely something for you, but you don’t have to know about the era to understand the exhibit. It is designed to encourage you to immerse yourself in the history, and get a feel of that decade without overloading you with information.

The last room is by far the best, as it is a modelling of a 1920s club. You can sit at tables with pictures and champagne glasses, and watch a video of the flappers, who are iconic of that era. I find that it enables you to come a bit closer to imagining what it was like to be in a glamorous club in the ‘Roaring Twenties.’

The exhibition is on until the 11th of June. It is free and there is no booking required. For more information, visit https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20s-people/the-1920s-beyond-the-roar/

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