Help us to recreate the 1970s

December 17, 2020 -

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As part of our next exhibition for Spring 2021 we are recreating a lounge and a dining room inspired by the sun-drenched state of California in the 1970s.

These sets will form a central part of our telling the story of the way that California influenced the social and cultural life in Britain during the 1970s; a decade of bright colours, fun and relaxation, and of self-expression.

We’ve identified some items from the period that we want to include in our lounge and dining room – listed below. Do you, or anyone you know, own any of the items below?

Snowdon Collection push button Trimphone in brown and cream by Diamondmagna

1970s Lounge

Ercol sofa and chairs from the 1972 ‘Windsor’ range or 1970s Habitat lounge chairs

Radiogram, c.1972

Trimphone telephone, 1971

Side table

Bush colour television, 1970

1970s Dining Room

Ercol dining table and chairs, c.1975

Orange tablemats

‘Studio’ cutlery set, designed by Gerald Benney

Yellow/orange drinking glasses

1970s water jug

Hornsea pottery ‘Heirloom’ range tableware (in orange/brown)

Hornsea heirloom eggcups by planetutopia


Poster for the TV series ‘The Waltons’, c.1975

‘The High Chaparral’ Annual, 1970

The Partridge Family ‘Up to Date’ album, 1971

If you have any of the above items, or anything else that might be suitable to furnish our 1970s rooms, please get in touch with our curatorial team.

How to contact us


Postal address: American Museum & Gardens, Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD