These records remind me of my teenage years, of good memories and bad ones. I got my first record player from a second hand shop when I was fifteen and used to listen to people like Helen Shapiro, the Beatles, Cliff Richard and Connie Francis. The first record I ever bought was ‘Rock around the Clock’. I used to hang around the record shops in Leyton and Stepney and spent a lot of time listening to music in the booths. I like these 45s because they are solid, not like MP3s which have no substance.

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Alishah Akram

Alishah explains why her bangles are special to her.

These bangles belong to my Mum. She bought them in Pakistan to wear at my cousin’s wedding in Karachi which all my family went to.

I think the bangles are beautiful and I love the turquoise. They remind me of the wedding and the colours and sounds of Pakistan, so they are very special to me.

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These are gorgeous, stunning pieces of jewellery that my parents gave me. If I feel lonely I can look at them and remember them. They even help me to remember what my parents felt and smelt like.

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In the 1960s my sister and I used to play with these. You have to pick up a stick without moving any of the others. Good for concentration. Mum needed the table so we used to lie on the lino.

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