Article

Place, memory and the British high rise experience: negotiating social change on the Wyndford Estate, 1962-2015

Citation

Hazley B, Abrams L, Kearns A & Wright V (2021) Place, memory and the British high rise experience: negotiating social change on the Wyndford Estate, 1962-2015. Contemporary British History, 35 (1), pp. 72-99. https://doi.org/10.1080/13619462.2020.1845148

Abstract
The ‘failure’ of Britain’s ‘high rise experiment’ remains one of the most heavily mythologised episodes within popular memory of post-war reconstruction. Despite this, the distinctive experiential, affective and representational dimensions of flatted estates have not been critically examined in recent work on the history of public housing in Britain. Based on the micro-analysis of a major development in Glasgow, this article interrogates this ‘design failure’ thesis, using residents’ personal narratives to develop a more nuanced interpretation of the lived experience of high-rise living, the historical factors shaping residential ‘decline’, and the memory processes by which ‘decline’ is negotiated.

Keywords
High rise flats; public housing; micro history; place; memory; oral history

Journal
Contemporary British History: Volume 35, Issue 1

StatusPublished
FundersThe Leverhulme Trust
Publication date31/12/2021
Publication date online18/11/2020
Date accepted by journal18/11/2020
ISSN1361-9462
eISSN1743-7997