In the fifth episode of the popular British tv series Hidden Killers strand, Dr Suzannah Lipscomb explores the time when British people embraced modern design for the first time after years of austerity and self-denial. The look and feel of the post-war 1950s home – a ‘modern’ world of moulded plywood furniture, fibreglass, plastics and polyester – had its roots in the innovative materials discovered during World War Two. In fact, no other war before or since has had such a profound effect on the technologies of our current life. This bright new era encompassed a host of social changes including higher living standards and improved technologies but – as Suzannah will discover – there were also unexpected dangers lurking throughout the changing home.
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