Archaeological Investigation of North-Eastern English Responses to the Great Depression

Author(s): Ronan O'Donnell

Year: 2018


This paper presents preliminary results of the  Landscapes of the Great Depression Project. Both government agencies and private individuals created schemes to create employment or ameliorate the effects of unemployment during the Great Depression and earlier de-industrialisation. Research is being conducted into four such schemes: two private and two public. All were concerned with material features of industrial society, poverty or unemployment and utilised landscape and material culture to achieve a desired impact on one or more of these areas. In addition to these archaeological concerns the project also provides an opportunity to investigate the relationship between different classes during a period which was seen by many contemporaries as the final crisis of capitalism. Finally, we will investigate several classes of contemporary site which have received little prior attention, namely allotment gardens, industrial estates and forestry plantations, offering the possibility of creating a basis for future research in these areas.  

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Archaeological Investigation of North-Eastern English Responses to the Great Depression. Ronan O'Donnell. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans, Louisiana. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441832)

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Depression Forestry industrial

Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 677