A guest blog post by Steve Hanson, Manchester Metropolitan University. Between May and June 2001, Walsden Print Co. was finally closed by its owner, the Leeds Group. It opened in 1935, but industrial cloth production had taken place on the site since the early nineteenth century. One of the biggest customers for Walden Print Co. was… Continue reading Dole.com
A guest blog post by Kate Haddow, PhD student On a sunny morning at the crack of dawn I headed from Newcastle to bonnie Lancaster for the first Welfare Imaginaries seminar. It was an early start, but I wasn’t grumpy at all cradling my salted caramel coffee (thanks to AMT for making me a cracking cuppa)… Continue reading Lessons from Lancaster
Reflections on seminar one: a blog post from the series’ organisers As five academics variously researching (mis)representations and realities of ‘welfare’ in contemporary Britain, we were all excited by the opportunity to bring together activists, academics, artists and people with the expertise that comes from experience to discuss ‘welfare imaginaries’ across a series of three… Continue reading Looking back to look forward – starting to (re)imagine ‘welfare’
A guest blog post by Gill Crawshaw Disabled people’s relationship with welfare has been a complicated one over the decades - and centuries. Through Shoddy, a disability arts project I coordinated, I’d been thinking about some of the moments when this had been particularly apparent. From the workhouse of the Victorian era, to today’s welfare… Continue reading Rights Not Charity!
A guest blog post by Michael Lambert, University of Liverpool. George Orwell famously wrote in 1984 that ‘who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past’. Histories of welfare, never mind the substance and experience of welfare, matter. Now more than ever. As much as they exist – or existed –… Continue reading Memories of Struggle and Struggles of Memory in the History of Welfare State