Teenage Kicks: Girls growing up in Britain 1956-1974

View our online exhibition of sharing the stories of five teenage girls growing up in the swinging sixties.


About the project

The Girlhood and Later Life project is the first detailed study of girls growing up in Britain in the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. It will explore the lives of young women from different backgrounds in Britain 1954-76, and look at how these experiences have shaped their later lives and identities.

This generation of young women has immense historical and current significance. In their teens and early twenties these women were in the vanguard of postwar social change. Now they are part of the largest group of over 60s in British history with unprecedented influence on politics, public services and commerce. They are redefining ageing and making new demands on, and contributions to, society. This pioneering approach to later life is widely believed to be shaped partly by this generation’s experiences of growing up in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

Funders and institutions

The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The full title of the project is ‘Transitions and Mobilities: Girls growing up in Britain 1954-76 and the implications for later-life experience and identity’.

The research is being carried out at The University of Manchester and University College London.