Walkley History

News, events and discoveries of the Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars history project.

Slum Clearance in Person

The University of Sheffield hosted a second round table discussion about the slum clearance programme, Walkley Action Group campaign and the council’s change of housing policy from demolition to improvements during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

This was a formative period in why Walkley is the way it is today. Parts of the suburb were demolished, others retained. Three key players in this period speak about slum clearance, the campaign and subsequent new house building and improvements. Geoff Green was a University researcher who helped to found the Walkley Action Group, Veronica Hardstaff was elected as a councillor for Walkley in 1971 and Narendra Bajaria was a council planning officer.

You can view photos from the slum clearance period on Flickr, listen to clips of oral history interviews on AudioBoo, and read Dong Cao’s article based on an interview with Geoff, Veronica and Narendra.

The discussion was supported by the University of Sheffield’s Arts Enterprise fund and part of their In The City Festival.

About Bill Bevan

Bill Bevan is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and heritage interpreter.

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This entry was posted on May 16, 2014 by in Slum Clearance.
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