An ambitious exhibiton exploring five revolutionary years that changed the Western world irrevocably.

For many, the Swinging Sixties has become a byword for revolution, offering an unprecedented collision of innovative music, fashion, literature and technology coupled with seismic political and welfare changes. Taking its cue from the infamous Beatles track, the V&A seeks to revisit the inspirational energy of the era with a full audiovisual nostalgia trip.

Following the success of the David Bowie show, visitors will be offered headsets playing a soundtrack inspired by revered radio presenter John Peel’s record collection, featuring the likes of Sam Cooke, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. Co-curator Geoffrey Marsh says ‘We are trying to show the complexity and how things such as the music, clothes and graphics interact together.’

Along with a recreation of Carnaby Street, George Harrison’s Sgt Pepper suit will be displayed alongside John Lennon’s yellow counterpart for the first time. A rare Apple 1 computer will also feature, along with a moon rock on loan from NASA.

Psychedelic light displays and clips from groundbreaking films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, will complete the immersive experience, as well as interviews with leading cultural figures such as Yoko Ono and Twiggy.

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Cromwell Road, London, Greater London, SW7 2RL

020 7942 2000


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5.45pm (Fri until 10pm)

Free to all

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