The latest batch of Colonial Office photographs from the Through a Lens series haveÂ been released on Flickr. These photos are from the Mediterranean series in CO 1069 and include pictures from Cyprus.
In 1952, both Greece and Turkey had justÂ become members of NATO and the Greek Cypriot population were pressing for ENOSIS, which was becoming a serious international issue.
We hold a lot of records here at The National Archives regarding the political situation in Cyprus during the 1950s, but little about theÂ social aspects of the island.
The Coronation on 2 June 1953 gave theÂ Empire a wonderful opportunity to enjoy themselves, and the women of Cyprus were certainly no exception. The formal celebrations for this happy event lasted for a week, but while the men were doing what men in uniform do bestÂ –
– the photographs I wasÂ particularly drawn to show what the womenÂ liked to get involved with. These photographs Iâ€™ve chosen show a fun, lighter side of life enjoyed by them all.