Social housing and working class heritage: Track 1

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Would you consider a dilapidated seventies tower block as heritage? In England, some social housing developments have already been given listed status, a level of protection usually associated with castles, monasteries and stately homes. Others are considered as a failed experiment by an outmoded welfare state, fit only for demolition. In this album, we see working class residents of one such estate fighting for its survival. By doing so, they may be challenging some of our fundamental assumptions and preconceptions about heritage. The album also contains academic perspectives from Rodney Harrison, Lecturer in Heritage Studies at The Open University; and Alan Powers, Professor in Architecture and Cultural History at the University of Greenwich. This material forms part of The Open University Course AD281 Understanding global heritage.

By: The iTunes U team (Programme and web teams)

  • Duration 1 hour 30 mins
  • Updated Saturday 11th July 2009
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under History & The Arts
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Track 1: Social housing and working class heritage

An introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Social housing and working class heritage    An introduction to this album. Play now Social housing and working class heritage
2 Social housing: winners and losers    Iconic status or demolition? Social housing estates have had widely differing fates - which way will it go for the Carpenters' estate? Play now Social housing: winners and losers
3 Social housing: fighting for survival    Shows campaigning by the Carpenters estate and the Excalibur estate to save their homes from demolition. Play now Social housing: fighting for survival
4 Social housing: sense of place    Residents of the Carpenters estate talk movingly about what it is about the estate that is important to them. Play now Social housing: sense of place
5 Global heritage: course taster    A sample of some of the ideas and case studies covered in the course AD281 Understanding global heritage. Play now Global heritage: course taster
6 Winners and losers perspective: Rodney Harrison    Dr Rodney Harrison of The Open University talks about the ideas in the film. Play now Winners and losers perspective: Rodney Harrison
7 Winners and losers perspective: Alan Powers    Professor Alan Powers of Greenwich University talks about the ideas in the film. Play now Winners and losers perspective: Alan Powers
8 Fighting for survival perspective: Rodney Harrison    Dr Rodney Harrison of The Open University talks about the ideas in the film. Play now Fighting for survival perspective: Rodney Harrison
9 Fighting for survival perspective: Alan Powers    Professor Alan Powers of Greenwich University talks about the ideas in the film. Play now Fighting for survival perspective: Alan Powers
10 Sense of place perspective: Rodney Harrison    Dr Rodney Harrison of The Open University talks about the ideas in the film. Play now Sense of place perspective: Rodney Harrison
11 Sense of place perspective: Alan Powers    Professor Alan Powers of Greenwich University talks about the ideas in the film. Play now Sense of place perspective: Alan Powers
12 Studying global heritage    Dr Rodney Harrison talks about studying The Open University's Course AD281: Understanding global heritage. Play now Studying global heritage
13 Global heritage: case studies    Dr Rodney Harrison talks about the audio and video case studies that are integral to the course AD281: Understanding global heritage. Play now Global heritage: case studies
14 Critical heritage studies    Dr Rodney Harrison, course chair of the course AD281 Understanding global heritage, explains the concept of critical heritage studies. Play now Critical heritage studies