Dalton Road in the 1960s

Swinging Sixties

With the rise of Rock ‘n’ Roll, swinging skirts, brylceemed hair, Twisting and Shouting, Barrow’s dance halls would have witnessed many romances …

Meeting your other half

First love doesn’t always happen when you’re a teenager. Love can strike at any age – or it can grow and grow …

Love in the Blitz

In 1940 and 1941, Barrow was the target of terrible bombing. Could it be that some love stories began in the midst …

Walney Pool, Barrow 1965

Rare Hot Summer Days

Barrow isn’t known for its balmy weather but when the sun shone in the 60s, Walney baths drew the crowds. A great …

Spoken stories

Listening to a story really brings it to life. During our sessions in the Red Tent we’ll be recording women telling their …

Workforce going to Vickers, 1950s Barrow

Holding hands on the bus

Most people headed to work by foot or on their bikes, but if you took the bus was there ever a chance …

The Lounge in Barrow

On the dance floor

Dancing has always been an important part of social life, and across the years, Barrow’s dance halls and clubs have come and …

Teenagers in love

Some women fall in love for the first time as young as 15; for others, love comes later. And some women prefer …