Interviews with practising urban historians
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Local idealism and the grit of practical politics. Speaking to John, the curator of Municipal Dreams about his project to remember the councillors, most “barely names in their own households” who built British modernity
“[out cities were built by planners and architects whose political assumptions and anthropological claims have long since been deemed to be defunct.” Sam Wetherell on unearthing the contours of how capitalism transformed the late 20th Century city
“The approaches I was taught early on in examining the built environment did not take into account much of the mundane – and hidden – machination… I saw in the ‘real’ world.” Catherine Flinn on the rebuilding of British cities after World War II.
“You only have to look around your office surroundings to see the influence of fire through its absence” Shane Ewen, of Leeds Beckett, on how accidents and emergencies built modern cities and much more.
“Basildon was built to be a hub for the arts – you have to smash the surface to glimpse it But it’s there…”. Christopher Ian Smith on how his new film New Town Utopia challenges us to recover something of the post-war new town’s early optimism.
Hull University’s Micheal Reeve “tentatively suggest[s] that there is something unique about wartime port experience, [through] exploring the ‘mentalities’ of historical actors… [who went] through [the] bombardment.”
Ben Roberts of Teesside University on “[Middlesbrough and the wider north east] the rich primary source that [he] has lived in most of [his life” and how it can be read to tell a story that “is indicative of the broader themes of modern British history”.
Rosamund Lily West of Kingston University on how the post-war LCC: “believed in the value of the arts and the value of arts education. For the LCC, art was not an elitist pursuit, but a part of daily life.”
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