Illustration of Andrea dreaming about jeans.

Teenage Kicks: Andrea’s Story Growing Up in the 60s – An Exhibition


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Was being a teen in the 1960s really all miniskirts and pop music?

Teenage Kicks challenges the stereotypes around growing up in the 60s and 70s through the stories of eight women, now in their 70s and 80s, who were teenagers between 1956 and 1974. This eye-opening exhibition spotlights Andrea’s personal story.

Growing up in a small Gloucestershire village, Andrea’s formative years revolved around church and her youth club and, though academically gifted, she faced bullying for not conforming to makeup and boy-crazed norms.

Her scholastic achievements earned her the rare opportunity to attend university in London and there she blossomed – exploring student activism and her sexuality in an era of significant social change.

Based on University of Manchester research interviews, Andrea’s compelling narrative provides a candid window into the nuanced realities of 1960s teenagers – life beyond the stereotypes.

Whether you lived it or not, her story is sure to resonate.

Learn more about Teenage Kicks: Girls growing up in Britain 1956-1974.

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