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75 years of Henley: A journey through British music

The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Henley Business School

Established first as the Administrative Staff College, it was set up after the Second World War in 1945, bringing together both public and private sector employees from across the country to support the UK’s post-war economic rebuilding plan and improve the quality of UK management. Fast forward more than seven decades, and while much has changed at Henley – with far greater diversity of learning, learners and locations now than then – our vision for the world of business remains strong.

The events of this year have meant it has not been possible to bring people together to celebrate this latest milestone in our history. So instead, we have decided to share something that our students, staff and supporters (past and present) can enjoy wherever they are in the world. To do this, we looked to another industry which has witnessed its own share of change and innovation over the past three quarters of a century.

This is a whistle-stop tour of British popular music over the last seven decades. The accompanying music and narrative was selected and written by industry expert and author Bob Stanley together with music discovery site Song Sommelier. As we travel through each decade we detail key developments happening at Henley to which these songs may well have been the soundtrack. Taken together, these playlists are a startling record of variety and innovation. As well as the most significant names and major genres, they also feature the occasional more obscure act to illuminate the era, recognising the efforts of pioneers and forgotten but key contributors. They are not strictly chronological and are designed to be an enjoyable listen.