on society - TV in few homes and black and white images on tiny screens, films mostly black and white, public buildings were all covered in soot-black blanket of pollution
no motorways few cars trams more familiar - shopping car was rare + supermarkets not heard of , rationing and shortage of goods = common, children played in streets , no mass air travel
many people ready to change - strong sens e that the post war world had to be better, fairer, with less rigid class system and a wider educational opportunities.
leisure and entertainment = resembled 1930s , holidays were 2 weeks in Britain at holiday camps or seaside resorts, few people had passports - mass entertainment was radio or cinema - no such thing as teenagers
class divisions = clear cut and north - south divide
establishment dominated public life - oxford and Cambridge = political leaders judges who all held influence
middle class = conservative
working class = labour
heavy industry was dominant - most men worked Saturday mornings as well as Monday to Friday , most women in jobs were single for the majority marriage meant stopping work
mix of growth and decline - living standards rose - people were better dressed, owned cars and had consumer goods and more leisure and entertainment
but still poverty.