The history and heritage of Lincoln’s council estates: local history and ‘critical’ public history in practice

Jackson, A.J.H. (2015) The history and heritage of Lincoln’s council estates: local history and ‘critical’ public history in practice. The Local Historian, 45 (2). pp. 115-125. ISSN 0024-5585

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This article considers council housing built during the twentieth century from the perspective of public history, heritage and townscape. It suggests that it is important to highlight the rationale for their construction, now that the ‘understanding of what brought them into being is fading’. The study looks at the city of Lincoln, where council housing provision was extensive and where a series of large and distinctive estates was built on the edges of the urban area between and after the wars. These estates have now been included in a sequence of detailed reports on Lincoln’s townscape and urban environment, bringing their character and identity to the fore. The article begins with an overview of the emergence of council housing in the period before the Second World War, and then discusses the Lincoln estates in turn: St Giles (an interwar development); the Boultham Estate (some interwar and substantial immediate post-war building); and Ermine, in two phases between 1952 and 1958. In each case, the design features of the estate are explained, with particular attention to the townscape and the mix of styles and sizes of housing. Particular attention is given to the inclusion of commercial, civic, religious, educational and ‘landmark’ buildings which vary the generally low-key architecture of all three estates. The conclusion suggests that local history and public history have very closely shared aims and agendas, and that council housing as a subject of study opens up one of the key links between them.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The article discusses the St Giles, Boultham and Ermine council estates in particular; and makes reference to the work of the Survey of Lincoln Project. Published and reproduced by permission of The British Association for Local History. All rights reserved.
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Andrew Jackson
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 16:34
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:19

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