Tagged: basildon

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Review: New Town Utopia

Academic literature about Basildon – one of the first of the post-war New Towns to be designated in 1949 – is scarce. When scholars have taken an interest in the New Town, it has either been as a bastion of ‘Thatcherism’, or a mere barometer of the ‘Mood of the...

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On the importance of local history

This summer holiday I have read 156 copies of my local paper on microfilm. Amidst the tedium of adverts for a brand new Asda, celebrations of newly-weds and asbestos scandals, the local Gazette has given me an invaluable insight into the relationship between local and national politics in the 1980s....