The 1950s: an age of affluence?

This lesson sequence for Year 9 students was written by Susan Reed from Briteschool.

Overall enquiry question

To what extent did the 1950s bring about an age of affluence?

Learning objectives

  • understand the extent to which Britain’s emerging affluence in the post-war years was evident in areas that had experienced industrial decline and extreme hardship during the Depression, using Salford as a case study
  • understand both the usefulness and limitations of household expenditure survey data in assessing poverty and affluence


The teacher’s notes, contextual essay and lesson plans for this topic will be available in the near future.