‘One big playground for kids’: a contextual appraisal of some 1970s photographs of children hanging out on a post-World War Two British council estate

Waites, Ian (2018) ‘One big playground for kids’: a contextual appraisal of some 1970s photographs of children hanging out on a post-World War Two British council estate. Childhood in the Past, 11 (2). pp. 114-128. ISSN 1758-5716

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Abstract

This article gives a broad assessment of a number of photographs taken in the early 1970s of
children on a post-World War Two British council estate in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. As
one of the cornerstones of postwar social reconstruction in Britain, the provision and design
of new public housing often had the well being of the future citizen – the child – in mind, and
the photography of these estates at the time often included children as a way to promote a
sense of well-being and community. This article offers a reading of these photographs as a
representation of the child’s day-to-day life in this particular environment, and to present an
understanding of how the planning and layout of the estate was intended to function as a
crucial influence on the development of the children who lived there.

Keywords:memory, Historical photographs, Photography, council estates, Radburn planning, Post-war British History
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K421 Urban Planning
W Creative Arts and Design > W640 Photography
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V147 Modern History 1950-1999
L Social studies > L726 Cultural Geography
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V214 English History
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K450 Housing
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Design)
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Deposited On:18 Apr 2018 09:02

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