Design, Community, Research and Creative Practice on a 1960s English Council Estate

Waites, Ian (2020) Design, Community, Research and Creative Practice on a 1960s English Council Estate. UNSPECIFIED.

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Output type
Multi-component output (2 x Journal articles; Authored book; Book Chapter)

University of Lincoln repository number for output
a. 28722
b. 31723
c. 19753
d. 24639
e. 38720

Output details
a. Waites, Ian (2017) Middlefield: A postwar council estate in time. Uniformbooks. ISBN 9781910010167
b. 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
c. Waites, Ian (2015) Middlefield: the development of a provincial post-World War Two council estate in Lincolnshire, 1960–1965. Midland History, 40 (2). pp. 264-285. ISSN 0047-729X
d. Waites, Ian (2016) 'Spontaneous estate evolution': Research/Practice interventions on a 1960s council estate. In: H Neate and R Craggs (eds), Modern Futures. Uniformbooks, pp. 102-111. ISBN 9781910010112
e. Lewis, C. and Waites I (2020) ‘New light on an old problem: Child-related archæological finds and the impact of the 'Radburn' council estate plan’, Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 6 (2). pp. 245-273. ISSN 2051-3429

This output represents a sustained, cross-disciplinary, research-into-practice ‘micro-study’ of a 1960s council estate at Middlefield Lane, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Waites’ research pursues three interconnected lines of enquiry: form (the estate’s architecture, planning, and material reality), function (how the form nurtured/supported a sense of community and wellbeing), and feeling (the interpretive analysis of the estate via certain phenomenological constructions of everyday life, sense of place, childhood, and memory). Waites grew up on the estate during the 1960s and 70s, which also gives this research a further, unique resonance as a form of auto-ethnography: (a) embodies this framework/methodology, both as a guide to the estate’s topology and material culture, and on how the estate’s outward appearance gives expression to its inner life via short texts of historical reportage, sensory experiences, and memories. Waites has taken this research back to Middlefield’s community today, by co-coordinating a number of collaborative, practice-based community engagement activities there. One example is critically assessed in (d) while another, the AHRC funded ‘Exploring Middlefield’s Archaeology’ project (May 2016), is notable for creating the first-ever communal archaeological excavation of a council estate, where seventy residents carried out test-pit explorations of their gardens, and of the numerous communal, pedestrianized ‘greens’ that characterize the estate. The early development and planning of the estate is discussed in (b) which directly influenced the choice of sites for excavation. In turn, the excavation’s findings (predominantly evidence of children’s play, remnants of toys etc) were discussed in (c), which analyses the nature of everyday childhood on the estate in relation to the way it was planned. This typifies the overarching conceptual objective of this output, specifically in how it adds significant new evidential weight to its argument that the ideals and actions of 1960s council estate planners met contemporary social needs: (e) discusses this in more detail, and fundamentally casts doubt on the common notion that the subsequent decline of such estates can be ascribed to inherent weaknesses in their original design or to their misuse by residents. Dissemination of the work/findings include participation in a BBC Radio 4 programme for the series ‘Making History’ recorded on site at Middlefield on 27 June 2017.

Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Design
ID Code:44313
Deposited On:12 Mar 2021 15:51

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