The twentieth century saw enormous changes in the way we live our lives. New job opportunities for women and the decline of traditional manufacturing swept away our preconceptions about relations in the workplace and within the home. This topic will examine these lifestyle changes by looking at trends in mass consumption as showcased at the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibitions, the gradual mechanisation of household tasks, and the growth of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) phenomenon.
The DIY revolution of the 1950s and 1960s was a result of rapid social and economic change. Shortage of skilled labour and a decaying housing stock forced people to do their own renovations and decoration > more