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Jesse Adams Stein

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784994341

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784994341.001.0001

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Spatial and architectural memory in oral histories of working life

Spatial and architectural memory in oral histories of working life

(p.49) 3 Spatial and architectural memory in oral histories of working life
Hot Metal

Jesse Adams Stein

Manchester University Press

This chapter recovers the architectural and spatial qualities of so-called ‘ordinary’ factory buildings. Focusing on the modern building that housed the Gov, it explores spatial and architectural memory through an integration of archival research, oral testimony and photographs. This examination is informed by an awareness of how the oral history process contributes to a co-construction of spatial memory, developing between the interviewee and interviewer. Focusing on the built heritage of an industrial site can tell us only limited things about labour, technology and working life, and without oral history narratives, archives and photographs, the remnant built heritage can be historically misleading. Given this book’s broad argument that one can do both – that is, explore material and embodied histories and human stories of working life – it is necessary to consider closely the physical and spatial environment in which the print-workers laboured. This chapter is about those matters of place, space, architecture and embodied experience.

Keywords:   Spatial memory, Oral history, Architectural history, Memory, Working life, Modernist architecture, Public architecture, Mapping memory, Maurice Halbwachs, Paul Ricœur

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