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Archaeology of homelessness; residential care revisited

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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 21 November 2012

Residential care revisited - Laurie Taylor considers Peter Townsend's landmark research, 'The Last Refuge', fifty years after its publication. Retracing Townsend's footsteps, a hundred, older volunteer researchers sought to find out what had happened to the 173 care homes in his classic study. Julia Johnson, one of the authors of the new study, charts the changes and continuities in care for older people in England and Wales. She's joined by Robin Darton, an expert in social care, Also, the archaeologist Rachael Kiddey, examines artefacts from two homelessness sites in Bristol and York. What can these items, as well as oral histories collected from the homeless, tell us about what it means to have no shelter in the 21st century?

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • Rachael Kiddey

    PhD student, Department of Archaeology, University of York

     

     

    Find out more about Rachael Kiddey

     

    Talk: Contemporary homelessness – an archaeological approach

    Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Researching Material Culture

    Thursday 22 November 10.30am - 4pm

    Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum

  • Julia Johnson

    Visiting Research Associate, Faculty of Health & Social Care Research, The Open University

     

    Find out more about Julia Johnson 

     

    Residential Care Transformed: Revisiting 'The Last Refuge'

    Julia Johnson, Sheena Rolph, Professor Randall Smith Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

    ISBN-10: 1137265698

    ISBN-13: 978-1137265692

     

    Last Refuge Revisited project

    ESRC funded project which was undertaken between May 2005 and April 2007.

     

    The project sought to study continuity and change in residential care for older people in England and Wales over a period of nearly fifty years, providing evidence of continuities and discontinuities in the way old age and later life have been thought about during this time. It was done by revisiting an earlier project by Peter Townsend, which resulted in his book The Last Refuge.

  • Robin Darton

    Senior Research Fellow, Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent

     

    Find out more about Robin Darton

     

     

    Care Homes for Older People: Volume 1. Facilities, Residents and Costs

    Ann Netten, Andrew Bebbington, Robin Darton, Julien Forder

    Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent, 2001

    ISBN: 1902671244

     

     

    Care Homes for Older People: Volume 2. Admissions, Needs and Outcomes. The 1995/96 National Longitudinal Survey of Publicly-Funded Admissions

    Andrew Bebbington, Robin Darton, Ann Netten

    Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent, 2001

    ISBN: 1902671252

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