'If Luton had fallen asleep in 1969 and woken up in 1980, how would we summarise the curious dream that happened in between……’?
This question was posed by curator J.Hackson, in an attempt to make sense of the charmingly uncomplicated mix of optimism and pessimism which we now associate with the ‘Super Seventies’
Bringing enormous changes to a town that, had been patterned by waves of immigration, the decade saw the dismantling and reconstruction of the town centre with the arrival of the Arndale Centre, Luton’s victory on the comedy game show It’s a Knockout and a brief second spell in football’s top-flight for Luton Town FC.
The 1970s both sounded and looked strange. To modern eyes the clothes, cars, and domestic interiors are at turns remarkably old fashioned and surprisingly contemporary but always out of this world. Throughout March and April the Storefront will become a showcase for the bold, garish, misaligned culture of the period and an opportunity to debate its legacy.
Lutonians (and others) are invited to send in their photographs, fashions and other 1970s memorabilia to contribute to a display that will morph and change throughout the project. A series of accompanying events will offer the opportunity to enjoy the imagery, music and stories of the decade.