40 Year Flashback – an exhibition looking back to 1978, the year the museum opened

To mark our 40th Anniversary we have restored our faithful Austin Seven Truck to its glorious livery. This cute little truck can be seen most days on the museum forecourt where it first appeared in 1978. Today the truck is fully operational having been lovingly restored by our volunteers and staff.

We have also revealed a brand new 40-year flashback exhibition. It looks at Britain in 1978 through a collection of photographs, posters and sounds, and focuses on exploring the museum’s origins, telling the story of how it all began.

What was popular this year?

1978 New on TV

Blake’s 7 (1978–1981)
All Creatures Great and Small (1978–1990)
Grange Hill (1978–2008)
Going Straight (1978)
Pennies from Heaven (1978)
Cheggers Plays Pop (1978–1986)
Something Else (1978–1982)
Butterflies (1978–1983, 2000)
The South Bank Show (1978)
Hazell (1978–1979)
3-2-1 (1978–1988)
Return of the Saint (1978–1979)
Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night (1978, 1980)

1978 Popular TV from the USA

Popular TV from the USA
Happy Days
Little House on the Prairie
The Rockford Files
Charlie’s Angels
Quincy, M.E.
The Muppet Show
CHiPs
The Love Boat


1978 Top Films

1 Grease
2 Superman
3 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
4 Saturday Night Fever
5 Revenge of the Pink Panther
6 Jaws 2
7 ABBA: The Movie
8 Watership Down
9 Pete’s Dragon
10   Midnight Express


1978 Chart Busters

1 Boney M Rivers of Babylon
2 Travolta & Newton-John   You’re The One That I Want
3 Travolta & Newton-John   Summer Nights
4 The Bee Gees Night Fever
5 The Commodores Three Times A Lady
6 Brian & Michael Matchstalk Men
7 Fr Abraham & Smurfs The Smurf Song
8 Abba Take A Chance On Me
9 Kate Bush Wuthering Heights
10   The Boomtown Rats Rat Trap

  • 19th April 2018