Martin Wainwright overturns the myth that the twentieth century was a continuous story of decline for the North.
When people talk about Northern civic pride and pioneering, they inevitably turn straight to the Victorians. In the second episode of his myth-busting series, Martin Wainwright shows that the great era of municipalism did not end with the First World War.
Forward-thinking housing projects, such as Wythenshawe in Manchester, set the tone for a century in which the North was leading the way in terms of architectural regeneration and city planning.
The programme concludes with some of the best examples of recent regeneration in Leeds and Bradford. With contributions from Tristram Hunt MP, architect Irena Bauman, and historians Charlotte Wildman and Simon Gunn.
Producer: Isabel Sutton
A Just Radio production for BBC Radio 4.