About the 20sPeople programme

Emerging from the shadow of a global pandemic, we find ourselves today in a time of rapidly developing technology, uncertainty in the global economy and politics, and changes in how we interact with each other and understand ourselves as we all adjust to a new world.

One hundred years ago a generation of individuals was in a very similar position – learning to live after the trauma of a world war, recovering from a global pandemic, and embarking on a new era where everyday rights and roles were changing. As we have today, people a century ago had hopes and dreams, grief and joy, experiences and ideas.

20sPeople, our special season of exhibitions, activities and events, explored stories connecting the people of the 2020s with the people of the 1920s. Accompanying the release of the 1921 Census of England and Wales, 20sPeople showed what we can learn by connecting with those who have gone before us.

Our free exhibition,  ‘The 1920s: Beyond the Roar‘. may be closed, but you can view our curators’ highlights tour here.

Plus, there’s plenty more still to discover – explore the digital content on our website including:

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