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1945 Living Room

1945 Living RoomIt’s midnight on 26 July 1945 in Joan Davies’ Living Room and Clement Attlee has just been declared Prime Minister. Step back in time and take a seat to listen to the BBC radio broadcast announcing the news and have a look at the election campaign leaflets which lie on the table.

Clement Attlee became Prime Minister after Labour won a landslide victory in the general election of 1945. This result was announced three weeks after polling day to allow those in the forces overseas to vote. The landslide victory marked the beginning of the Welfare State and saw the creation of the National Health Service.