School Songs and Gymslips
Grammar Schools in the 1950s and 1960s
With tales from the days of indoor sandals and navy knickers, Latin verbs and transistor radios, semolina pudding and O Levels, this light-hearted social history is based on the experiences of pupils from 18 schools around the country and describes how things were for grammar school girls – at school and at home – between about 1955 and 1965.
Jasper, Joists & Jillivers: The History of the 1986 Garden Festival Site
Founded by Josiah Wedgwood near Stoke-on-Trent in 1769 to house the workers in his pottery, Etruria was probably the world’s first planned industrial village. The three parts of this illustrated history reflect the three phases of its existence: Jasper, representing Wedgwood’s celebrated Jasper Ware; joists for the Shelton Bar Steelworks later established in the area; and Jillivers, for the National Garden Festival that revived the fortunes of the abandoned post-industrial site in the 1980s.
Factory Production in Nineteenth-Century Britain
This anthology brings together writings that suggest the scope of responses – from wondrous celebration to apocalyptic horror – elicited by the advent and establishment of the factory system in 19th century Britain. Addressing complex questions about the possible effects of mass production on human life and labour, the collection includes important works by Adam Smith, Ruskin, Carlyle and Morris alongside extracts from lesser-known factory tourists' tales and inspectors' reports, a Luddite pamphlet and a cotton mill worker's autobiography.