Video of my talk for the IHR Garden History seminar 26 November 2020:
I’m presenting a talk on the impact of war on the open spaces of London for the Institute of Historical Research Gardens and Landscapes seminar. Book here: https://www.history.ac.uk/events/greening-london-impact-crisis-second-world-war-open-spaces-capital I was asked to talk specifically about the impact of WWII on the capital.
It’s now been 6 months since my last day commuting from work, and nearly 6 months since the start of a lockdown of some form or another in England. Here are some brief reflections on what lockdown has highlighted about public space.
The Open House London organisation invited Owen Hatherley to produce a guide to all 33 London boroughs. It’s available here: https://shop.openhouselondon.org.uk/products/pre-order-open-house-london-guide-2020 Given that most of the Open House activities can’t take place in person this year (weekend of 19-20 September 2020), this
Horrid Covid! online zine invited me to do a conversation with the curator, Helen Kaplinsky, for their issue 4, ‘Parks’. Listen to 30 mins of us talking about parks, privatisation, public space and protest. We cover discussion of the origins of parks
Yet again, research and writing for a chapter in my book that originally was historical and as I thought, non-controversial, has now become urgently relevant in the wake of the current crisis. I’ve written (not finished!) a chapter on Victorian public parks,
My tweet while researching in Manchester Archives got more likes than I expected: I’ve been looking through the Parks and Cemeteries committee minutes from council records in various parts of England from the start of the parks movement in the 1840s
There are two excellent books that chart the planning processes that shaped open green space in London in the 19th and 20th centuries: Matti O Hannikainen, The Greening of London, 1920-2000 (Routledge, Abingdon, 2016) Peter Clark, Jean-Luc Pinol and Richard Rodgers, eds,