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Description: Collage of photographs from project celebration event
Collection: 1948 Olympics: Then & Now
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Contributor: Shari Baker ©2012 | www.floemedia.co.uk
Rights: Shari Baker ©2012 | www.floemedia.co.uk
In January 2012, Leeds City Council launched a special project to remember the last time the world’s greatest sporting event came to Britain.

The 1948 Olympic Games : Then & Now project is a social snapshot comparing the lives of young people in 1948 with the lives of young people today, through connecting themes such as fashion, food, music, leisure and technology. 

 

During a series of intergenerational sessions, various memorabilia was gathered, recorded, and documented, along with personal recollections and stories from the time of the 1948 Olympic Games in London. 

 

This collection of images provides a photographic glimpse of the project, and particularly some of the people who have shared their stories and experiences with us during the making of the 1948 Olympic Games : Then & Now book, DVD and Museum exhibition. 

 

Book copies available via Blurb | Video can be viewed via WYAS

Design & Photography : Shari Baker ©2012 | www.floemedia.co.uk

  • 1948 Olympics: Then & Now project film

    Tagged with: leeds, sport, olympics
  • About the project

    In January 2012, Leeds City Council launched a special project to remember the last time the world’s greatest sporting event came to Britain.

    Tagged with: sport, leeds
  • Brian, Edna and Maureen

    In 1948, Brian has recently been demobbed from the army and went into making driving belts for coal pits, mills and factories. He even worked at Thorne’s Toffee factory, which was on Lady’s Lane in Leeds.

    Tagged with: sport, leeds, war
  • Corinne Botham

    1948 was an eventful year for Corinne as it involved moving half way around the world. She had always lived in India but, following the country’s independence in 1947, it was no longer safe for the family to stay there and they moved to Britain.

  • David Johnson part 1

    David seems to have had two passions in 1948 – football and trains. He lived in Sovereign Street in Leeds at the Yorkshire Relish Factory and near to the Leeds Tram Depot.

    Tagged with: sport, leeds
  • David Johnson part 2

    David seems to have had two passions in 1948 – football and trains. He lived in Sovereign Street in Leeds at the Yorkshire Relish Factory and near to the Leeds Tram Depot.

    Tagged with: sport, leeds, transport, trains
  • Doreen Dawson

    Doreen was 24 years old in 1948. Her husband had just come home from fighting in the army and they lived with her mum at the time, as her dad died when you she was very young. Whilst her husband was in the army, Doreen loved to go dancing. However, once he came home, she fell pregnant and her dancing days were over for some years.

    Tagged with: leeds, child birth, telephone
  • Iris Corbett

    Iris was married in 1950 and it wasn’t until two years later in 1952 that rationing stopped. For your weekly ration shop, you had the coupons either marked off of cut out by the shopkeeper. The shopkeepers would then save these coupons, count them into hundreds every fourth Sunday and send them off to get this allocation back. Iris knows this process only too well as she used to do this for her father, who was a grocer.

    Tagged with: leeds, war, rations
  • Kath Sinclair

    Kath is reflecting on photographs of herself aged just 16 years old. She is sitting with her friends and they all have their hair pinned up, which was a popular style at the time.

    Tagged with: sport, leeds, fashion
  • Maia Widger

    Maia is 13 years old and has been exploring with her friends the differences between their lives in 2012 and the lives of teenagers in 1948.

    Tagged with: leeds, food, fashion, emigration