SIR - On a recent visit to the Industrial Museum at Eccleshill I was disappointed to see the presentation of the '1970s house'.

Here we are told that the economic problems of the time were caused in large part by the post war nationalisation of major industries and "strong trade unions".

Indeed inflation in 1975 was over 24per cent. But wages rose by 29per cent. This contrasts starkly with the past decade when workers have seen their pay shrink and privatisation has turned our waterways into open sewers.

How sad that even in a museum documenting working class life, the organised working class is portrayed as a problem and not an essential part of the solution.

On a lighter note, the house has a bowl of pistachios on the kitchen table. Pistachios in 1975? Not in our house there weren't!

Tim Robinson, Mount Avenue, Eccleshill