Britain’s Gloomiest Period?

NT Live present this week online the glorious political drama THIS HOUSE – a tale of Westminster treachery, deals and betrayals set in 1974. The Lowry’s Creative Team share with you other art that explores similar themes.

Britain’s gloomiest period?
This House begins in 1974, with Harold Wilson’s minority Labour Government clinging on to power, and ends in 1979, as Margaret Thatcher is coming to power. Although the audience never see either figure, or any other major players such as Ted Heath and James Callaghan, they are all an immutable presence throughout and the turbulent times they preside over is mirrored by the turbulence of Parliament.

The period 1974-79 is often characterised as Britain’s gloomiest post-war period, with personal and political conflicts played out against a backdrop of decaying urban landscapes, illustrated in Peter Mitchell’s no-nonsense images . The Tom Robinson Band’s Winter of ‘79 painted a picture of a country in turmoil and division.
And then came the 1980s.