From New Labour and Cool Britannia to the feminism-lite of the Spice Girls, the 1990s shaped much of how we live today. But what is the true legacy of the decade? Did it usher in a brave new Britain of fun, diversity and forward-looking politics? Or sow the seeds for a more materialist and less equal society than ever before?
Broadcaster and journalist Katie Puckrik, editor of The Question and presenter of the Bigmouth podcast Andrew Harrison and Observer columnist Miranda Sawyer discuss the pros and cons of a pivotal decade in a debate chaired by writer and broadcaster Ekow Eshun and ask, are the Nineties worth saving or do we need to forget the decade in order to face the future?
This event was live-streamed and can be viewed here:
Taking place on Wednesday 19th October 2016, this was the 16th event in the ongoing series, 37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain, which is a partnership between BUG and The House of St Barnabas asking provocative, open-ended questions about popular culture and what is says about life as we live it today.
The House of St Barnabas is a charity whose vision is to create a future where lasting work is a reality for people affected by homelessness and social exclusion. Participants in their Employment Academy are given work placements throughout their not-for-profit members’ club, enabling them to gain valuable work experience in a vibrant, inclusive and culturally driven space and City&Guilds awards in Hospitality and Employability. Proceeds from this event go the The House of St Barnabas employment academy.