This was a period of great change in the Potteries - as elsewhere. The 1951 Festival of Britain heralded a new optimism following years of post-war austerity. Freed finally from utility regulations , the pottery industry could now produce colourful ware in exciting new designs - but faced the end of coal - firing , new techniques ans corporate mergers - and the Burslem School of Art was training the new designers. The Coronation of 1953 boosted the nation's morale and the sale of T.V sets. Rationing was finishing, there was a housing boom and more people had cars and a better standard of living. Rock'n'Roll arrived and the decade ended with the City's Jubilee - 50 years since Federation. People looked forward to the "You've never had it so good" Sixties. This collection of 1950s films incorporates comments from Ernest Warrillow Niblett, Philip Donnella, Bill Morland , Arthur Chollerton, , Colin Melbourne, Eric Ball, Barry Blaize, Dave Wallet, Eric Newton, Mel Hill, Barry Slann and others. EXTRA ITEMS: Memories of the filming of "The Card" in Middleport and the film's premiere at the Odeon, Hanley.