Posts in Heritage
60s Fashion and its Origins in Subcultures

At The Whitaker, we’ve been looking at all the ways that the 60s changed the lives of those in the valley at the time, including music, food and nostalgic stories.

A highly influential part of this era were the fashions, which were usually driven by the prevalence of youth culture. In this post, we’ll be discussing those subcultures that sprung up over the decade and the trends that they created.

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Midnight Cowboy: The controversy that divided a nation

The film follows the unlikely friendship of a conman (Dustin Hoffman) and a very naive male prostitute (Jon Voight), as they hustle their way through the seedy underbelly of New York.

This moving, gritty and often bleak story still holds a place in the American Film Institutes top 100 films, but it wasn’t without its controversy.

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Object Lessons: An exploration of the collection at the Whitaker

So far we have seen Haslingden lad Fred Grimshaw join the East Lancs Volunteers in 1900 and become part of the war effort in South Africa. Now 21 years old, he appears to have taken being badly let down by officers, getting lost a lot and enduring tough support duties in harsh conditions in a very matter of fact manner.

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Object Lessons: An exploration of the collection at the Whitaker

Do you collect anything? Books? Vinyl LPs? Shoes? Ornamental owls? Dust? Maybe you don’t but I bet that you know someone who does.

I inherited the collecting gene (citation needed) and now find myself travelling all over the UK attempting to make a living dealing in antiques. Museum collections provide an essential learning environment towards this endeavour. 

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