Established in 1998, Nostalgia Central is your one stop reference guide through five decades of music, movies, television, pop culture and social history - from the rockin' fifties, via the swinging sixties, the mirror-balled seventies, and the day-glo eighties, to the Britpop nineties.

It is full of photographs and images, incidents and anecdotes, facts and figures, which will strike a light in the memory of anyone who lived through these decades, evoking all kinds of half-forgotten experiences and memories.

For those born later, we answer the question "what was it like?". For this generation, this website is a travel guide to the past. A ticket to the time machine.

The past, it has been said, is another country. If so, it is a place in which all of us have travelled. We remember its customs. We recognise its highways. We all know people there. If the past is another country, then each of us is a passport-carrying citizen of that land.

Nostalgia Central does not say everything there is to say about the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, but it touches on everything significant - that is if you believe that the joy of a new Batman episode or the feel of a Raleigh Chopper are at least as important as the annual rate of inflation or the winning majority at an election . . .

You can use this site like a reference guide, a library, a map, or (if you want to do yourself some permanent damage) it can be read end-to-end like a long, long story.

Videos at Nostalgia Central are hosted by YouTube. Audio files and playlists are streamed from Spotify. There are no audio or video media files hosted at Nostalgia Central.