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History & The Arts 

Social housing and working class heritage

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.

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The profits of slavery: James Wilson - Whitby and Sneaton Castle

James Wilson, made a fortune as a plantation owner. After abolition he started a new life as a pillar of Yorkshire society. One of his slaves, Ashton Warner, is the source for the information.

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History & The Arts 

Portchester Castle, Hampshire

Portchester Castle is one of the best-preserved Roman buildings in Britain.

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Postcards From The Past: Caernarfon article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Postcards From The Past: Caernarfon

By comparing older and more recent photographs of Caernarfon you can see for yourself how the area has changed and evolved over the years.

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