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Work Relic - Barber's chair, 1950s

This red leather chair used to be in a barbers shop in Shackleton, Hackney in the late 1950s. In those days most men were clean shaven and had very short hair, in a style known as 'a short back and sides'. That changed in the 1960s and 70s when long hair and beards became fashionable - bad news for barbers!

This chair, along with many other objects from the lives of people in Hackney, is in the Hackney Museum.

To find out more visit their site by clicking here.

Leisure Relic - Rubik's cube 1980

Rubik's cube was invented in 1974 by a Hungarian man, Erno Rubik, but it did not go on sale in the UK until 1980. The aim of the puzzle is to move the coloured squares until each side of the cube shows one colour. Rubik's cube became immensely popular in the early 1980s, selling over 100 million in 1980-82 and is strongly associated with that time.

It is because of this that it appears in the Making of the Modern World gallery in the Science Museum, along with many other inventions from 1750 to 2000 that have become part of our everyday lives.

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Building Relic - M1 Motorway

This is a piece of the M1, Britain's first motorway.

The first stretch of the M1, from St Albans to Birmingham, was opened in 1959. It took a workforce of 5,000 to build it, completing a mile every eight days. In the early days of the M1 there was not any road lighting or crash barriers and no speed limit, but only 13,000 vehicles a day used the motorway.

Today the M1 stretches from North London to Leeds and is used by over 88,000 vehicles a day. This piece was cored from the road in 1985. It is on display in the 'Making the Modern World' gallery at the Science Museum, London.

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Motorway core
Science Museum and picture library

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