There wasn't much to do...at least not here: Youthful leisure and identity in rural SW England in the early 20th century

Date: 21 February 2019
Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN
Time: 18:00-19:30


Stan was born in 1911 in a small village near the north Somerset coast. He felt that 'there wasn't much to do in the evenings ... at least not here', and spent much of his free time knocking about outside with friends.

Drawing upon evidence from personal accounts of growing up in the south west of England in the early twentieth century, this talk will explore the leisure experiences of young people in rural communities. How were young people's activities shaped by an awareness of the rural landscape, and how did rural culture and community contribute to a sense of youthful identity?

Considering how young people interacted both with one another, and with their rural locality, this talk will provide a snapshot of the ways young people lived and socialised in rural communities in the south west of England in the early twentieth century.Dr Laura Harrison is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at UWE Bristol.

Cost: Free to attend
Contact: Professor Steve Poole
Telephone: 0117 32 84437
E-mail: Steve.Poole@uwe.ac.uk

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