Hi, and welcome to Nostalgia Central. My name is David Turner, and I was born in South Yorkshire, England, in 1961. You can read a bit about my growing up in the 60s and 70s here.
I’ve been obsessed with music, movies, TV and pop culture from an early age and created Nostalgia Central in 1998 as a personal online “scrapbook.”
It was intended as a recollection of things that were either my personal favourites or which were particularly representative of the era – without necessarily being critically acclaimed.
At that time, there wasn’t much quality nostalgic content on the Internet – and besides, I thought it would be a good hobby . . .
By 2001, Nostalgia Central housed close to 10,000 articles and 200MB of images and was a comprehensive online guide to five decades of Pop Culture, Television, Music, Movies and Social History.
So much for the hobby!
My intention is for Nostalgia Central to be a giant online scrapbook looking back at the music, films, television, pop culture and social history of the last five decades of the 20th century.
Nostalgia Central comes to an end with 1999. This is, of course, an arbitrary cut-off point . . .
There are no checkpoints to mark the frontier between the past and the almost present. But we know somehow when that border has been crossed.
Photographs, TV shows, and music from the year 2000 and beyond do not, for me, evoke the spirit of the age in quite the same way. The dust has yet to settle on the events; the detail has not been forgotten and so the remembering of it is not accompanied by the joyful rush of rediscovery . . . Not yet, anyway.
Whether you are looking for reference material or simply entertainment, if it’s from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s or 1990s, you will find it here.
You can use Nostalgia Central as a travel guide, a library or – if you want to do yourself some permanent damage – it can be read end-to-end like a long, long, bizarre story.
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, hopefully evoking all kinds of half-forgotten experiences and memories.
For those born later, it’s a travel guide to the past. A ticket to the time machine, if you like.
I update Nostalgia Central daily, but it is still just a hobby and generates no income. The site carries no advertising, so I rely entirely on your donations.
If you find the site informative or enjoyable, please consider a donation – no matter how small – to help me with the running costs of the site and ensure I can keep Nostalgia Central running for your entertainment and education.
Thank you so much.
Take care, have fun, and please enjoy your trip in the time machine!