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Housing After the Second World War

By 1945 it was estimated that around 750,000 new homes were required to meet demand in England and Wales alone, the result of the ongoing housing shortage as well as...


Noah Isenberg and Shelley Frisch

Before Wilder became the screenwriter and director of iconic films like Sunset Boulevard and Some Like It Hot, he worked as a freelance reporter, initially in Vienna and then in Weimar Berlin. A heady mix of cultural essays, interviews, and reviews have been brought together in Billy Wilder on Assignment, edited by Isenberg and translated into English by Frisch. […]


When Cinema Came to Bristol (Part 2)

According to our journalist in The Bristol Times And Mirror: ‘Mr A. Rosenberg [. . .] claims to be the originator of this delightful invention. As many as nine months ago he was, he says, showing his invention in the provinces with great success.’ The article gives advance details of a further invention, the Kineoptophone, […]


When Cinema Came to Bristol (Part 1)

Industry was prospering, the rights and conditions of workers were slowly improving, thanks to increasing unionisation, and were already far better than those endured a generation earlier. There was leisure time, most people had some money with which to enjoy it, and peace, relatively (there was the usual fighting associated with the business of Empire, […]


Council Estate Memories: Cardiff

...last Welsh Prince of Wales and allegedly buried on the site. It never felt as though we were short of facilities, though perhaps expectations were fewer. Dr Chivers had his...


Council Estate Memories: The Rhondda Valleys

...more intimate and yet socially entrenched ways violence has made its particular calling. I grew up in the Rhondda valleys of South Wales. What marks out these communities is how...

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