10 October 202318:00 - 20:30 BST
Online and at The Alan Baxter Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL
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In 1962 the Emmerson Report criticised the British construction industry in the following terms: ‘In no other important industry is the responsibility for design so far removed from the responsibility for production’. This was qualified for the civil engineering sector, where relationships between engineer and contractor were supposedly closer and more collaborative. But where did construction labour fit in these relationships?
This lecture presents oral history interviews recorded by the author, together with examples from archives to demonstrate the role of construction workers in a selection of major post-war projects. These personal accounts reveal the knowledge, skill and working lives of those whose contribution is rarely credited in architectural or construction history.
Christine Wall is Professor Emeritus of Architectural History, at the University of Westminster. She has researched and published widely on the British construction industry in the twentieth century and the role of women in construction. She is a Trustee of the Construction History Society, an Editor of The Construction History Journal and currently holder of a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship for her research project, ‘If I had a hammer': feminist activism and the built environment 1975-2000.
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