This 1970s jacket was donated to Worcester City Museum’s collections by a local lecturer who has been one of the Museum’s most loyal supporters. The jacket is covered in a considerable collection of pin badges that were amassed throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The eclectic mix of badges documents everything from popular culture to political movements and local visitor attractions.
Badges celebrating music like The Jam, Culture Club and Limahl, or films such as Grease and Staying Alive, sit juxtaposed next to those made to campaign against the poll tax, to support the miner’s strike, CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) or Tony Benn’s 1981 deputy leadership campaign.
The collection also contains many badges sold by local tourist attractions during those decades when badge collecting was popular among school children. Anyone in their 40s and 50s who visited local attractions as a child will remember these old badges produced by the Severn Valley Railway, Worcestershire County Museum and Wroxeter Roman town.