Ideas for 2010 Sixties theme…

Whether it be inspiration gathered from footage or images of Mohammed Ali or the artwork of Andy Warhol (and the above nicely combines both) we are sure that the umbrella topic of the 1960s is going to provide staff and pupils with a wealth of ideas for the coming whole school project.

With the anniversary of the current Preston Lodge “campus” very much in the forefront of our minds, the decade in which it was built should provide no end of materials for budding local historians. However, the advances on so many fronts during this memorable decade are far wider ranging than simply that of the construction of the finest educational establishment in Scotland…

In Literature, some of the winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature included the very illustrious names Samuel Beckett, Jean-Paul Sartre and John Steinbeck. The book and film “Kes” (which currently is playing as a stage production in Edinburgh) was produced in 1968, “To Kill a Mockingbird” was published in 1960 and and in 1967, SE Hinton published “The Outsiders”.

In Science,  in 1961 the Soviets launched the first man in space and by the end of the decade, in 1969, Neil Armstrong had become the first man to walk on the Moon. Other life changing inventions included the contraceptive pill in 1960, the LED in 1962, LCD in 1964, Artificial Heart in 1965 and the LASER in 1960.

In Art there were a myriad of exciting influences for people to look to. In 1962, Andy Warhol famously exhibited his Campbell’s Soup Can image. Yves Klein and others brought about Nouveau Realism. Psychedelic Art reflected the social changes of the time and Photorealism evolved from Pop Art…and that’s just for starters!

History is rich in the 1960s with the Civil Rights Movement in America, the Cold War, Vietnam and the Cuban Crisis all high profile. Like a script from Forest Gump, the events of this decade are world renowned and include these (again only a taster)


· Adolf Eichmann on Trial for Role in Holocaust

· Bay of Pigs Invasion

· Peace Corps Founded

· Soviets Launch First Man in Space


· Cuban Missile Crisis

· First Person Killed Trying to Cross the Berlin Wall

· Marilyn Monroe Found Dead


· JFK Assassinated

· Martin Luther King Jr. Makes His “I Have a Dream” Speech


· Cassius Clay (a.k.a. Muhammad Ali) Becomes World Heavyweight Champion

· Civil Rights Act Passes in U.S.

· Nelson Mandela Sentenced to Life in Prison

· Warren Report on JFK’s Assassination Issued


· Japan‘s Bullet Train Opens

· Los Angeles Riots

· Malcolm X Assassinated

· New York City Great Blackout


· Black Panther Party Established

· Mao Zedong Launches the Cultural Revolution

· Mass Draft Protests in U.S.


· Che Guevara Killed

· Six-Day War in the Middle East


· Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated

· Prague Spring

· Robert F. Kennedy Assassinated


· ARPANET, the Precursor of the Internet, Created

· Yasser Arafat Becomes Leader of the PLO

Music in the 60s dominated youth culture. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis, The Who, Mods and Rockers, psychadelic hippy music, soul, mowtown and popular music (pop) all were evident. Musicians were the heroes and icons that replaced the movie stars of bygone generations…

There are so many aspects of life in the 1960s that span across our curriculum and match up to things that we are already studying or interested in. If you are looking for inspiration please feel free to contact the Expressive Arts Committee. However, we are certain that you will all have fantastic ideas of your own that come under this broad umbrella theme.

Good luck!

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