by Antony Barrington Brown
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 7 February 1955
Given by Antony Barrington Brown, 2010
Sitterback to top
- Frederick Brittain (1893-1969), Lecturer in Medieval Latin Literature and Keeper of the Records, Jesus College, Cambridge. Sitter in 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Antony Barrington Brown (1927-2012), Photographer. Artist associated with 228 portraits.
Events of 1955back to top
Current affairsRobert Anthony Eden becomes prime minister. In May 1955 Winston Churchill resigned due to ill health. His successor proved to be a similarly popular leader, winning an increased majority at the general election that year. Eden's popularity was due to a combination of his long wartime service, good looks and charm.
Art and scienceMary Quant introduces the 'Chelsea Look' with her Bazaar boutique. In the 1960s Quant was a major contributor to 'swinging London' introducing some of the seminal items of 1960s fashion: the miniskirt, hot pants, paint-box make-up and plastic raincoats.
InternationalWest Germany joins NATO, prompting the East European Communist counties to respond by forming the Warsaw Pact. The signatories of the Warsaw Pact pledged to defend each other if any member was attacked. This development was a major event in the Cold War as it firmly established the East and West as opposing military powers.
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