The FA Cup, Connect 4, Wombles and Bee Gees star in Silver 70s at Leeds City Museum

By Ben Miller | 30 January 2012
An image of a logo saying Silver 70s
Exhibition: Silver 70s, Leeds City Museum, Leeds, until April 22 2012

"Travel back to a time when high-waisted flares were fashionable, Leeds United were FA Cup winners, furniture was brown and prawn cocktail was the height of sophistication," reads the ebullient flyer for this show, which features Connect 4, a Raleigh Chopper bike, The Wombles and kitchens boasting lime green fitted units.

An appeal for photos from Leeds fans who enjoyed their 1972 Cup Final win over Arsenal has resulted in a glorious stack of shots, and elsewhere there are items commemorating the switch to decimalisation in 1971, as well as timely reminders of Britain joining the European Union (in 1973) and the Silver Jubilee of 1977.

You can design your own outfit and wallpaper, dig for fruit and veg, leave your memories of the decade on a designated washing line and be left mesmerised by telly adverts from the time.

"This exhibition has come together really well and we think people will have a lot of fun when they come along," says curator Helen Langwick.

"The response to the appeal for photos has been great, so we’d like to thank everyone who sent them in and look forward to seeing people of all ages come along for this special trip down memory lane."

Perhaps the music section is the most promising – the Bee Gees, The Commodores, the Sex Pistols, Queen and David Bowie all run a gauntlet of flamboyancy in an accompanying soundtrack which moves from easy-listening in mocked-up living rooms to rock and roll in teenage bedrooms.

  • Open 10am-5pm (7pm Thursday, 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday, closed Monday). Admission free.
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