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LSS: Ned Newitt: The Slums of Leicester

Description: Ned Newitt*

The Slums of Leicester

Many people will be unable to recognize the town referred to in this talk as Leicester. The buildings, the streets and the way of life may all seem unfamiliar. Between 1932 and 1975, slum clearance changed the face of the city. Vast swathes of housing, close to the centre of town were demolished and new estates, factories and roads took their place. Until then, the slums were home to thousands of people who had to live in conditions that were frequently cramped, unhealthy and sometimes dirty.

This well illustrated talk will provide a picture of a long vanished Leicester. It will give a glimpse of where and how thousands of poor people lived and will draw on recorded interviews and eye witness accounts.

The talk also contains some additional material to that which appeared in Ned’s previous talk and the book The Slums of Leicester (Breedon 2009).

From 1984-2003, Ned was a Leicester City Councillor, holding various prominent positions, including chair of the Housing committee. He was made an honorary Alderman in 2007 and is currently president of the Leicester Secular Society. In 1983, he initiated the Leicester Oral History Archive and has subsequently researched the development of council housing in Leicester.

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* You can watch Ned's documentary film "Leicester's Influenza Epidemic 1918-1919" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsixXeSwTp4

Location: Online via Zoom
Date: Sunday, 17 January 2021
Time: 18:30 GMT
Access: Public
Category: LSS - Public event (not at Secular Hall)*
Created by: Public Access ( by LSS editor )
Updated: Monday, 4 January 2021 22:06 GMT
Attachments: None

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