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The Factory in a GardenA History of Corporate Landscapes from the Industrial to the Digital Age$
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Helena Chance

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993009

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993009.001.0001

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‘Happy healthy workers are the world’s best’: factory landscapes, leisure and the model employee

‘Happy healthy workers are the world’s best’: factory landscapes, leisure and the model employee

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The Factory in a Garden
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Helena Chance

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784993009.003.0005

From the late nineteenth century until the Second World War corporate gardens and parks provided opportunities for sports, music, dancing and gardening, activities that in some districts would not have been so readily accessible to working people, particularly to women and to youth. Middle class attitudes to ‘rational and respectable’ recreation shaped these activities and before the First World War, they were segregated by gender. However, recreational opportunities provided by these companies for their female and child employees were progressive by the industrial standards and, in some ways by the social standards of the day. The corporate landscapes also provided valuable land for food production in wartime and in the Great Depression.

Keywords:   Rational recreation, Allotments, Gardening, Respectability, Leisure revolution, Pageants, Gender, War, Great Depression, Childhood

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