Changing Britain

Friday 30 January 2015 - Saturday 9 May 2015

Discover our shared history and have your say with our antidote to Westminster featuring leading thinkers, activists, writers, artists and musicians.

Sat 18 – Sun 19 Apr

Changing Britain: 1945 – 1979

Journey from the founding of the welfare state through to the dawn of Thatcherism – from a country rebuilding itself after the war effort to a country on the brink of the new technological age.

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Sat 25 – Sun 26 Apr

Changing Britain: 1979 – 1997

See our nation undergo rapid change as Margaret Thatcher sets about transforming Britain through radical economic and social reform.

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Sat 2 May

Changing Britain: 1997 – 2015

A new political era dawns as the rise of Tony Blair’s New Labour ends 18 years of Tory rule. We reflect on an era that encompasses educational reform, the Iraq war and the changing politics of equality.

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Buy your Be the Change Youth Day Pass £5 tickets to events and activities for young activists, thinkers and campaigners aged 15 to 21.

Following the election on 9 May, there is a day devoted to artists and audiences, who give a message to the new government about the importance of creativity, including the London Sinfonietta, who perform two sets of newly commissioned works co-curated by Matthew Herbert and the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Changing Britain is inspired by Tales of a New Jerusalem, a series of acclaimed books by historian David Kynaston examining the social history of England after World War Two.

Join us to explore issues of equality, fairness and social justice over the past 70 years.

There are lots of different ways to join us for the Changing Britain talks days. You can buy: ·

- a pass covering all three historical periods for £84*: 1945 – 1979 (18 to 19 Apr 2015), 1979 - 1997 (25 to 26 Apr 2015) and 1997 – 2015 (2 May 2015)

- a pass covering one historical period for £40*  

- individual day passes for £25*

All passes also gain you access to History Is Now: Seven Artists Take On Britain at Hayward Gallery, 10am - 11am on 18, 19, 25 and 26 April 2015.

*No transaction fees for in-person bookings or Southbank Centre Members and Supporters Circles. For other bookings transaction fees apply: £1.75 online; £2.75 over the phone.

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