Hostages to history? The surprising survival of critical comments about British planning and planners c. 1942-1955

Larkham, P.J. (2011) Hostages to history? The surprising survival of critical comments about British planning and planners c. 1942-1955. Planning Perspectives, 26 (3). pp. 487-491. ISSN 02665433 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Unravelling processes of decision-making is central to most planning history. While archives can helpfully supplement published plans and even oral histories, many archive files [such as those in the UK's National Archives (NA)] are fragmentary and lifeless. This short note explores the surprising survival in the NA of some very acerbic and personal commentaries, demonstrating a lack of regard of the civil servants of the Ministry of Town and Country Planning for planning and planners, including some of the best-known planners of the period. This sheds new light on decision-making and professional relationships. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Archives, Decision-making processes, UK post-war reconstruction planning, decision making, national planning, planning history, post-war, reconstruction, town planning, twentieth century, United Kingdom
Subjects: K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 10:37
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 10:37
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2114

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