History | Culture and Society Between the Wars (1918-1939)
Why this course?
We study the culture of “Live for today” during the interwar years following the horrors of war from the comfort of the Whitehawk Community Inn Centre. During this period there was a wealth of wonderful literature and the joy of film. Cinema-going was extremely popular - including Shoreham's fun-loving 1920s “Bungalow Town” and the film industry there. Cinema and film influenced people’s lives in many ways including what they wore. Imitating your favourite film star meant dressing like them, so clothing for the working class included synthetic silk – ‘Rayon’, and young women cut their hair short in a ‘bob’, wore cosmetics, smoked and shortened their skirts in order to dance the Charleston – just like their liberated screen idols.
1930s also saw the depression and much poverty, slums and lack of food and work. In Brighton there were notorious razor gangs, but the town also saw a new prosperity for residents and increase in day trippers.
Illustrated with PowerPoint slides, prints, paintings and film clips including documentary.
• Fascinating social and cultural history
• Colourful images
• Powerpoint illustrations
• Relaxed atmosphere
• Lively class discussion
• Amusing and friendly tutor
• Based out of the Whitehawk Community Inn Centre
Tutor: Sarah Tobias