News, events and discoveries of the Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars history project.
“It wasn’t a slum but it [the demolition] had made it one big slum”. Resident quoted in Slow Death of a Slum, 1971.
By 1970 slum clearance in Lower Walkley was well-advanced. University research students conducted a survey of the remaining residents who were still living in the area. These were people living through demolition and were surrounded by empty buildings.
The Slow Death of a Slum is the research report produced as a result of the survey. It includes maps of the area, residents’ accounts and summaries of discoveries. It evokes what it was like to live through the major demolition of an urban suburb during the slum clearance programme of the 1960s. Some of the researchers, including Geoff Green, were also involved in the Walkley Action Group. Their research skills were essential to WAG’s successful campaign to halt demolition elsewhere in Walkley.
Here is the report. We believe it is published online for the first time – The Slow Death of a Slum073
Thank you to Lulu for scanning the report to add to the Walkley History digital archive.