Teenage Kicks

Teenaged Andrea, dreaming of jeans, and trousers!Our exhibition tells the stories of six girls growing up in Britain 1956-74. 

Biographical mapping

Completed 'Teenage years' biographical map with photos, notes, pictures and notebook of memories A creative way to think and talk about past experiences.


How experiences from teenage years can ripple all the way through our lives.

Watercolour composite portrait of Bev shows Bev as an older woman, a scene of Bev as a pregnant housewife hanging out the washing; her daughter playing the clarinet; and scenes from Bev's imagined alternative life in Canada: fashionable professional people and her life as a physiotherapist.

Bev: Resonances portrait by Talya Baldwin

Then and Now…

Do you think your experiences as a teenager have shaped your later life or identity? 

View the Then and Now photo blog.

Stephanie with her friends, as a teenager

Exploring Girlhood

Five women artists share their responses to our research.

View the artwork.

Pen and ink drawing of girl in headscarf by Rand Aljundi

About our research

Read more about the Girlhood and Later Life project: how we did the research, our articles and other resources.